NPR logo African-American Fine Art Increasing in Value

News Headlines

African-American Fine Art Increasing in Value

On today's show, Farai spoke with two experts about high-priced black art.

Golden State Mutual, a black-owned insurance company in Los Angeles, auctioned off their entire collection earlier this month. The works sold for more than $1.5 million; some pieces sold for three times their appraised value.

The following are some of the works that sold at prices above and beyond their stated worth.

Image

Slum Song by Hughie Lee-Smith — oil on canvas, 1944. It sold for an artist record price of $216,000 (including buyer's premium).

Courtesy Swann Galleries

Image

General Moses (Harriet Tubman) by Charles White — Chinese ink on two joined sheets of illustration board, 1965. It sold for an artist record of $360,000 (including buyer's premium).

Image

Maudelle by Beulah Woodard — fired terra-cotta painted brown with white and green additions, circa 1937-38. It sold for $14,400.

Image

The Brother by Charles White — ink on thick cream illustration board, 1968. It sold for $144,000 (including buyer's premium).

Article continues after sponsorship
Image

Seated Arab by Henry Ossawa Tanner — oil on wood panel, circa 1895-99. It sold for $72,000 (including buyer's premium).

Courtesy Swann Galleries

About