Calder Mobile Could be Sold Next by Delaware Art Museum

Alexander Calder's (1898-1976), Poisson volant (Flying Fish), a hanging mobile, made in 1957, brought an artist auction record of $25.9 million from a low estimate of $9 million on May 13, 2014, at Christie's New York.
Alexander Calder's (1898-1976), Poisson volant (Flying Fish), a hanging mobile, made in 1957, brought an artist auction record of $25.9 million from a low estimate of $9 million on May 13, 2014, at Christie's New York.
(Christie's)

An Alexander Calder mobile disappeared from the East Court and the collections database of the Delaware Art Museum recently fueling speculation that it will be the next artwork to be sold by the cash-strapped museum.

Calder's "Black Crescent" could be one of four works that the museum plans to sell to raise $30 million to pay off debt from a 2005 construction and replenish its endowment. (The museum has not confirmed that the Calder will be sold.)

An artist auction record was set last month for Calder's "Poisson Volant [Flying Fish]" sculpture from 1957 which sold for $26 million at Christie's, more than double its high estimate of $12 million. 

The museum is already set to sell William Holman Hunt's "Isabella and the Pot of Basil," a pre-Raphaelite painting, at Christie's London on June 17. It could fetch up to $13.4 million.

Another iconic picture from the musuem's collections, Winslow Homer's "Milking Time," has also been removed from the museum galleries and online database, making it a possible upcoming sale as well. 

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