A pair of oil on canvas paintings by the prolific and gifted Korean artist Kim Heung Sou (b. 1919) sold for a combined $52,500 in an Internet and catalog auction held Apr. 14-28 by Litchfield County Auctions (www.LitchfieldCountyAuctions.com).
The other was titled Abstract Head. Both paintings were executed with heavy impasto and, as their titles imply, each was a depiction of a head. Both were signed by the artist. The paintings were two of the 744 lots that changed hands out of 944 offered. The successful lots carried a pre-sale estimate of about $350,000-$550,000 and ended up bringing around $600,000.
A $50,000 tag sale lifted the sale’s total gross to $650,000. There were about 350 winning bidders from 33 states plus Austria, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.K. The sell-through rate was 80 percent (744 of 944 lots sold). Internet bidding was facilitated by iGavelauctions.com.
Litchfield County Auctions is now collecting property for their summer sale (which goes online from June 30-July 14). In particular, the firm is actively seeking American and European furnishings and decorations; Old Master and Impressionist works of art; paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures; books, maps, ephemera and historical documents; and folk art works.