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Lots 44 and 45 are rare original paintings by Kenjiro Nomura (Wash., 1896-1956), including this signed, museum-quality gouache on paper titled City Lights from 1952 (est.  $5,000-$7,000).

Modernism: Art and Object Auction

MBA Seattle Auction House / September 29 - October 29, 2022


An Andy Warhol original acrylic and screenprint on canvas titled Flowers (1965), plus vibrant original artworks by Alden Mason, Morris Graves, Dale Chihuly, Z. Z. Wei, Kenjiro Nomura and other art world notables will come up for bid in an online-only Modernism: Art and Object auction scheduled for Thursday, September 29th, by MBA Seattle Auction House. “This is one of the finest groupings of Modern artworks, objects and Northwest Modernism we’ve had to date,” said Michael Mroczek, an auctioneer with MBA Seattle Auction House. Warhol’s Flowers is the undisputed headliner of the auction, with a robust but appropriate pre-sale estimate of $200,000-$400,000. The work, in excellent original condition, has a canvas of 14 inches by 14 inches and is signed and dated on verso overlap. It’s also notated “Andy Warhol / 65 Billy” on verso (with “Billy” believed to be Warhol’s boyfriend at the time, Billy Name). Other artists in the sale include Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, George Tsutakawa, John Matsudaira, Fay Jones, Francis Celentano, Margaret Tomkins, Kathleen Gemberling, Roger Shimomura, William Morris, Dante Marioni, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Miro, LeRoy Neiman, Peter Max and other art world notables – nearly 200 highly collectible lots in all. The auction will start promptly at 5 pm Pacific time, with online bidding available through the MBA Seattle Auction House website (bid.mbaauction.com) as well as LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Previews will be held Monday thru Wednesday, Sept. 26-28, from 10-5 PST; and Thursday, Sept. 29, from 10-4; or by appointment. To learn more, please visit www.MBAauction.com.

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