SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is back from the ashes! In 2012, the city of Santa Monica may have torn down the building and longtime home of this well known auction house, but SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is back, up and running at a new location at Bergamot Station.

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Roy Lichtenstein
Finger Pointing, 1973
Silkscreen
Artist Proof from the edition of 25 AP’s outside the edition of 300
Printed at: Styria Studio, New York, NY
Unsigned; Artist copyright stamp on verso; Studio stamp on verso; Numbered in pencil on verso
Image: 11.75 x 8.75 inches;
Framed: 19.25 x 16.25 inches
Estimated Gallery Price: $4,000/$5,000

Celebrating thirty years, the SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS has become “the” place to find incredible deals on artworks created by legendary artists. Many gallery directors and owners attend the popular auction in secret, hoping to snag a works for an unheard of deal.

Owner and auctioneer Robert Berman has been involved with the Los Angeles art scene for the past forty years.  As an auctioneer, he keeps a riveting pace which makes for an exciting event. His animated personality comes through on stage.

Berman’s knowledge of art and years of experience in the business has attracted the work of legendary artists. “Every year since 1984, I’ve been upgrading the collection and turning down work that is offered to me,” reveals Berman. “I have raised the bar on my selection process for consignments, which has allowed Santa Monica Auctions to focus more on rare and important works that should appreciate in the future.”

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Jasper Johns
Untitled, 1977
Lithograph
From the edition of 53
Signed and numbered in pencil on recto; Chopmark on recto
Illustrated: Cover of Jasper Johns by Michael Crichton
Image: 39.5 x 27 inches; Framed: 35 x 27 inches
Estimated Gallery Price: $25,000/$30,000

This year’s auction features works by renowned artists such as Jasper Johns, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Robert Longo, Ed Moses, Andy Warhol and many, many more. Santa Monica Auctions welcomes both novices as well as established collectors to attend the auction.

One can take the first step to starting an art collection with a $500 opening bid on a Hockney lithograph. The auction features many mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, multiples and prints.

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Untitled (Graffiti Wall), 1991
6 wood panels with spray paint
Commissioned for the Yerba Buena Museum of Art, San Francisco
Image: 96 x 252 inches installed
Estimated Gallery Price: $60,000/$80,000

Attracting the most attention in this year’s auction is a twenty-one foot, six-panel graffiti wall by famed street artist Barry McGee. Originally commissioned for the Yerba Buena Museum of Art in San Francisco in 1991, this work will most probably fetch between $60,000 to $80,000.

The 30 Year Anniversary Auction will present works by mid-career and established artists of all mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, multiples and prints.

Selowres-June8-SMAuctions-chagall watercolor for printe image: Marc Chagall Le Nu A L’ane Bleu, 1978  Tempura on masonite
Signed on recto Provenance: Harcourts Gallery, San Francisco, CA tag on verso; Galerie Marcel Bernheim, Paris, France
Image: 13 x 9 inches; Framed: 22 x 25.5 inches
Estimated Gallery Price: $375,000/$450,000

Celebrate this milestone anniversary for Santa Monica Auctions…and start your art collection now.

There will also be a late night preview on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7th from 5pm-8pm.

What: Live Outdoor Auction – Santa Monica Auctions
Where: Bergamot Station (outisde A-5) 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm…or later
Phone: 310.315.9688
Website: http://www.smauctions.com/