A vibrant selection of Marc Chagall prints has sold well as part of a Maine auction that was held on February 3, spearheaded by the artist's proof of Le Cirque Ambulant.
The print, which formed part of a single owner collection, sold for $14,000. All six prints were dated 1969 and had been signed by the artist.
There were just 25 artist's proofs of Le Cirque Ambulant ever created, with the example at auction number 15. The artist's proof is far rarer than the standard prints, of which there were 50.
Another example of this most popular print was sold at Christie's in 2011 for $16,250, making an 8.3% increase on its $15,000 estimate.
Following Le Cirque Ambulant was Chagall's Le Bouquet Rouge, which brought $12,000. The print was again numbered 15 in an edition of 25, showing the original owner's astuteness when compiling his collection.
However, the top lot of the sale was provided by the Royal Academy's Sir John Lavery, whose oil on canvas - entitled Mrs Rosen's Bedroom - sold for $100,000. The characteristic piece, which was executed in New York in 1926, was consigned from the estate of Anne Bigelow Stern, an esteemed collector who passed away in 2009.
More of Stern's illustrious estate was seen in November 2010, when the same auction house sold her superb collection of Renaissance jewellery.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has already sold the fantastic Chagall print we had on offer, yet we still have a fine selection of signed artworks for sale, including this original sketch from Salvador Dali.