Standard Station Pops! Ruscha Print Sets New World Auction Record During November Sale

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  • November 04, 2009

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Estimated to bring $30,000-40,000, Standard Station sold for $170,000 - the highest price ever paid for an Edward Ruscha print at auction.
Bonhams & Butterfields

International auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields was pleased to offer Fine Prints on November 3, 2009.  Simulcast between the San Francisco and Los Angeles salesrooms, the auction featured a diverse selection of old master, modern, contemporary prints and multiples ranging from the Renaissance to the Present.  The highly anticipated fall sale brought over $1-million dollars and established a new world auction record for an Edward Ruscha print when the artist's Standard Station sold for $170,000  - the highest price ever paid for a print by Ruscha at auction.

"We saw strong results and bidder participation throughout all sections of the November sale.  Buyers were confident as they acquired works by masters of the craft such as John James Audubon, Georges Braque, Lucian Freud, Pablo Picasso, Edward Ruscha and Andy Warhol," said Judith Eurich, Director of Fine Prints at Bonhams & Butterfields.

The marquee piece of the fall sale was the auction catalogue's cover lot, an important mid-century screen print by American artist Edward Ruscha.  Titled Standard Station (E. 5), 1966, the work depicted an iconic 1960s-style Standard Oil gas station set in the bright hues of red, orange and blue.  Ruscha's distinct technique can be seen throughout the work in the bold use of color, dramatic angles and textual, flat Pop Art style.

Estimated to bring $30,000-40,000, Standard Station sold for $170,000  - the highest price ever paid for a Ruscha print at auction.  The work was published by Audrey Sabol, Villanova, Pennsylvania and printed by Art Krebs, Los Angeles, California. 

"Ruscha prints, such as the work offered during the November sale, are highly sought after at public auction.  Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to announce a new world auction record for a print by the artist," said Eurich. 

Additional highlights from the fall auction included an abstract black and white etching on tinted Arches paper by Georges Braque titled Composition (Nature Morte I) (V. 8), 1911 (sold for $18,300); a terre de faïence plaque titled Little Bust of Woman by Pablo Picasso (sold for: $17,080); a contemporary etching of a woman by Lucian Freud titled Head and Shoulders, 1982 (sold for $14,640) and a stunning hand colored engraving by John James Audubon titled Great Horned-Owl. Strix Virginiana. (Pl. 61), 1829, from the Havell edition of The Birds of America (sold for $13,420) among others. 

Auctions of Fine Prints at Bonhams & Butterfields continue in May 2009.  Works on offer will include decorative prints and posters by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, John James Audubon, Jasper Johns and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, among others.  Highlights for the spring auction will be available in the weeks preceding the sale. 


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About Bonhams

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America and in August 2003, Goodmans, a leading Australian fine art and antiques auctioneer with salerooms in Sydney, joined the Bonhams Group of Companies. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street, and Knightsbridge, and a further seven throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the USA; and Switzerland, France, Monaco, Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to (01-08) For other press releases, go to

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