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LAMA in the Press

LAMA Sales Reach New High in 2011

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) reached $8.5 million in sales for 2011, nearly doubling the previous record of $4.5 million set in 2008.  This year LAMA achieved new auction records for works by Reg Butler, Ettore Sottsass, De Wain Valentine, Roland Reiss, Robert Rauschenberg, and Isamu Noguchi, as well as set a new company record for highest price reached at auction. LAMA has increasingly become the preferred auction house on the West Coast for Modern Art and Design.

In 2011 LAMA set new auction records for:

  • Reg Butler’s The Unknown Political Prisoner Maquette (Lot 92 est. $20,000 – 30,000), which soared to realize $125,000, establishing a new auction record for the artist

    • Isamu Noguchi’s Chess Table (Lot 280 est. $30,000 – 40,000), which established a new auction record for this design, realized $187,500, nearly five times its high estimate

  • Robert Rauschenberg’s Sling Shots Lit #6 (Lot 60 est. $30,000 – 50,000) realized $68,750, the highest price ever achieved for any work in this series by the artist 
  • The custom designed Ettore Sottsass Impressive Entry Table from the Estate of Max Palevsky (Lot 55 est. $10,000 – 15,000) set a new auction record for the artist realizing $75,000 
  • De Wain Valentine’s Circle (Lot 220 est. $3,000 – 5,000) set a new auction record for the artist bringing $32,500 
  • Roland Reiss’ The Dancing Lessons: The Reconciliation of Yes and No (Lot 78 est. $4,000 – 6,000) set a new auction record for the artist bringing $15,000 

John Baldessari’s 8th and D, National City, offered in the October 9, 2011 Auction of The Collection of Richard Dorso, set a new company record for highest price reached at a LAMA auction, totaling $293,750.  Attracting top buyers enabled LAMA to reach a new company record, beating the previous record set in 2007 by Judy Chicago’s Carhood, which brought $288,000.

This year LAMA increased its standard two auctions to four due to the abundance of fresh, original material available on the market.  Major estates, including that of computer billionaire Max Palevsky, local TV-producer Richard Dorso, a prominent West Coast collection, and James Byrnes, the first curator of Modern Art at LACMA, anchored the four auctions. The micro-climate LAMA has created – getting both top consignments and top prices – is evidence of a phenomenon that through specialized marketing LAMA has reached a global marketplace.

Peter Loughrey, Director of LAMA:
“Buyers and sellers have been making LAMA a growing success since I founded the company in 1992. As we enter our 20th year, I believe we will continue to prove you don’t have to send your art and design to New York to get the best price.”

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LAMA, Los Angeles’ premier Modern Art auction house, is the leading auction house dedicated to selling 20th century Modern Art and Design. Auctions are held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406. The upcoming Modern Art & Design auction is scheduled for spring 2012. October 2012 will mark LAMA’s 20th Anniversary.

Richard Dorso Auction Press Round-Up

Only 9 more days until the auction of the ENTIRE collection of Richard Dorso.

Recently, there have been great articles and posts on The Collection of Richard Dorso and “Permanent Light”, David John’s interpretation of Richard Dorso’s lifelong collection.  Some of these articles have interviews with David John and his inspirations and thoughts on the installation. Definitely worth the read!

In case you missed it, here are the links:

As always, please visit You Have Been Here Sometime (YHBHS) for fascinating articles, photographs, and thoughts on the conversation between art + interiors. 

Photograph courtesy of Bethany Nauert

LAMA on L.A. at Home

The LA Times blog L.A. at Home is a great resource for what is happening in Los Angeles in terms of  DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, GARDENS,  and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIVING.

Check out the most recent post on the Unsold Lots from LAMA’s June 26th Modern Art & Design Auction.

Lot 43 Charles & Ray Eames lounge chair and ottoman can be yours for $4,375.


Check out what
from the June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction!

Mid-Centuria explores art, design and décor from Bauhaus to Mid-Century Modern and beyond. Covering both fine and applied art forms, which encompasses painting, sculpture, mosaics, pottery, glass, ceramics, textile and furniture. While mainly focused on original period pieces, contemporary items that capture the original genre’s essence are also included.

Dwell Recaps 2011 Modernism Show

Didn’t make it to the 2011 LA Modernism Show this year?

That’s ok because Dwell put together a great slideshow
that recaps highlights in each booth.

Check out the slideshow here.

Palevsky and Byrnes on Art Market Views

If you don’t read Lindsay Pollock Art Market Views, you most definitely should. Pollock’s Art Market Views provides daily breaking news and analysis for readers seeking an insider’s perspective on the art industry.

Check out the post on the Palevsky and Byrnes collections on Art Market Views.

March 6th Auction in the LA Times

Check out the latest story on the

Ettore Sottsass designs from the Estate of Max Palevsky in the LA Times.

Preview Now Open for the March 6th Auction

The preview officially opened yesterday and will be open every day through March 5th from 10am – 6pm. All of the 524 lots offered in the March 6th auction are displayed in the LAMA Showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys CA 91406.

To see photos of lots in the preview check out this article in Luxist.

March 6th Modern Art & Design Auction in the New York Times

The March 6th Modern Art & Design Auction was mentioned today in the Art & Design Antiques section.

Read the
New York Times
article here

Lot Information

Lot 66
Italian Modern Glass Window Panels (4)
Venini Murano
Custom designed 1984 for Max Palevsky’s Malibu home
Each panel 34″ x 19.5″
Estimate $10,000 – 20,000

LAMA & Ed Ruscha on Svpply

Ed Ruscha Fruit-Metrecal Hollywood made it onto Svpply.

What is Svpply, you may ask? “Svpply is a new kind of store, built specifically for you.” This site allows you to follow your favorite stores and people who expose you to new products. You can also track specific products from any retail site.

For more Ed Ruscha lots to be offered in the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design auction check out the Ed Ruscha Featured Artist page.