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Does Your Art Collection Need a Da Vinci? Internet Auction Has One Up for Bid

by WorthPoint Staff (08/21/12).

A small but authenticated sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci is among the 265 lots currently up for bid in an ongoing Internet auction currently being facilitated by UniversalLive. It is expected to achieve between $5,000 and $6,250.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Is your art collection crying out for an original Da Vinci? Not many online art auctions can say they’re selling one, but an online auction has an etching of a sketch by the Italian-born master. Some 260 original works of art, fine art prints and sculptures—including original works by iconic artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Warhol, Picasso Matisse, Renoir and others—are being sold in an Internet auction already online hosted by UniversalLive. The auction is slated to end on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The sketch by Da Vinci (1452-1519) depicts a standing male figural nude and measures 4¼ inches by 6 ½ inches. The work is matted and framed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Auction organizers believe the work will sell for between $5,000 and $6,250.

While there is only one Da Vinci, there are several works—two dozen or so paintings, sculptures, bas-reliefs, woodcuts, drawings and bronzes—by Elizabeth Heredia (Am., 1919-2011), better known as Betty Snyder Rees. Works by Rees rarely come up for sale. Most are housed in museums or private collections. This group of Rees’ personal artwork was specially consigned by her son.

Rees’ works include a two-sided original painting of a nude woman (opening bid: $275); an original carrara marble sculpture nude (opening bid: $4,200); an original bas-relief of a couple dancing (opening bid: $3,200); an original artist’s proof of a woodcut print of a rooster (opening bid: $750); and an original drawing and painting of a nude male (opening bid: $275).

Rees was a multi-dimensional artist, versed in multiple mediums. She was once described by the art critic of The San Francisco Chronicle as “an unqualified genius.” Martin Shape of UniversalLive said he was “thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful collection of works at attractive opening bids,” adding “all the artworks in the sale are competitively priced.”

Also offered will be an original oil painting by the Israeli-born artist Patricia Govezensky (b. 1961). The acrylic on canvas work, with an opening bid figure of $2,900, depicts three stylish women in bold colors and sophisticated patterns and is signed lower right by the artist. It is smartly housed in a gold painted frame. The image area measures 23 ½ inches by 29 ½ inches.

This original acrylic on canvas rendering of women by Patricia Govezensky carries an opening bid of $2,900.

Patricia Govezensky was born, raised and educated in Israel, where she also studied art. She graduated with distinction from the Avni Institute and the Art Academy at Ramat Hasharon, the most venerable art academies in Israel. After studying for six years at these schools she went to Paris to hone her craft and cement her reputation. Only one of her works is offered in this sale.

A half-dozen original paintings by the Brazilian artist known simply as Jozza (b. 1958) are in this auction. An example is an acrylic on canvas traditional still life done in a fun, Pop Art style (est. $800-$1,250). The artist-signed work, 12 inches by 16 inches, is in excellent condition. Also, an original Pop Art painting titled “Big Apple” carries a reasonable opening bid of just $290.

Jozza was born into an artistic family in a small town in Brazil. His mother taught art and she fed her young son’s creative passions. In 1996, Jozza relocated to Miami, Fla., with his wife and young daughter, where he established himself artistically. In 2009 Jozza was permitted to create original and limited-edition fine art Disney characters as Peter Max had done before him.

This bronze sculpture of “Carmen,” from the Clot collection, by Salvador Dali will find a new home after the auction.

Speaking of whom, Peter Max (German/Am., b. 1937) is represented in the auction in the form of a group of original paintings over serigraphs on paper, signed by the artist. An example is “Lady With Flowers” (est. $1,400-$2,160), matted and framed, with an image size of 6 inches by 9 inches. The lady in the painting looks colorful and stylish (unique, too, since she’s an original).

Peter Max is one of the most iconic painters of the 20th century, a multi-dimensional artist focused on contemporary events, which he renders in a Pop Art style. He once described what he created as “cosmic imagery,” adding, “my artwork caught on right away. And before you knew it, I got an eight-page cover story in LIFE Magazine.” He explores all media, to include mass media.

Fans of Salvador Dali will be eager to bid on the six sculptures from the Clot collection. Isidro Clot was a renowned Spanish art dealer, who made a contract with Dali to produce a series of bronze subjects. Each piece was cast by Clot, who also ran a bronzing foundry. An example is a sculpture of “Carmen,” shown dancing, 6.88 inches tall and done circa 1970 (est. $3,500-$5,380).

A rare, hand-colored original print by Andy Warhol, of a recipe for iguana, is available.

This original Pablo Picasso signed etching, titled “Table des Eaux-Fortes,” 1931, will begin at $9,500.

Prints by Andy Warhol – signed and unsigned – will be sold. One sure to garner attention is a rare, hand-colored original signed print titled “Roast Igyuana (sic) Andulusian” (est. $30,000-$40,000). The ink and watercolor print, 10 ½ inches by 16 inches, depicts a part of a recipe for iguana, with image and text. A signed print from the same series sold for over $20,000 in 2006.

A pair of signed etchings by Pablo Picasso (Sp//Fr., 1881-1973) should spark an intense bidding war. One, titled “Table des Eaux-Fortes” (1931), was originally made as an illustration for a book by Balzac. It is numbered, 55/99 (est. $19,000-$23,750). The other is one lot consisting of two original signed drawings, rare because they are from the same book (est. $11,000-$13,750).

The name Lalique is instantly recognizable to connoisseurs of fine glass, and this auction has a great piece. It’s a large crystal bowl in the Luxembourg pattern (est. $6,600-$8,250). The thick, frosted glass walls indulge the viewer with an array of classical cherubic figures swathed in laurels, dancing in a conjoined circle. The bowl is 8 ½ inches tall and 10 ½ inches in diameter.

This represents just a small sampling of what is being offered in this auction. Not even mentioned were names such as Matisse, Renoir, Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Frederick Remington, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Marc Chagall, Al Stine or LeRoy Neiman, but wonderful prints by these artists are being offered, at attractive price points.

The entire catalog is up for viewing now, where people can also register and bid. For more information about this auction, call 847.412.9900, e-mail to To view the online catalog, or visit the UniversalLive website.


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One Response to “Does Your Art Collection Need a Da Vinci? Internet Auction Has One Up for Bid”

  1. Mo Browne says:

    Dear Worthpoint,
    The Leonardo Da Vinci small gold framed sketch. Did this piece ever reside in a small art shop in Nags Head North Carolina? I was just curious because if it was I had an opportunity to buy this 30 years ago, just wondering if the same wonderful piece of artwork or if there are others on the market with similar works. the size of the one I viewed years ago in Nags Head was about 3 inches by 3 inches and the sketch was about 1″ by 2″ size……
    M. Browne

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