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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Portrait of a Young Man Sold at Case Antiques Auction

Case Antiques in Knoxville, TN sold Beauford's pastel on paper work entitled Portrait of a Young Man on July 14.

Portrait of a Young Man
(1938) Pastel on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

The sale price was $3,172, including the buyer's premium.

Len de Rohan, Appraiser for Case's Knoxville Consignment, Research, and Cataloging team, granted me an interview after the sale. She shared that Case has sold eleven (11) lots of Beauford's work since 2015, including Portrait of a Young Man. To find images and information about these works, click HERE.

De Rohan said that John Case, Co-owner and President of Case Antiques, believes that 30% of the buyers of Beauford's work are Tennessee residents, including institutions; 20% more are Southern; and the balance are from the metropolitan areas of NYC and Chicago. The largest amount of consignments come from the Delaney estate.

Because Beauford is a Knoxville native and a very important Tennessee and American artist, and because the Knoxville Museum of Art has accumulated the largest public collection of Beauford's works, Case, as the premier auction house in Tennessee, is making efforts to be known for selling Beauford's works. They pride themselves on their relationship with Beauford's estate as well as with public institutions and private collectors.

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