There were some fireworks at Christie’s on Friday, according to the New York Times:
William Edmondson’s limestone “Boxer” brought $785,000, or more than three times the high estimate of $250,000, in the Outsider Art sale at Christie’s on Friday.
The piece, last purchased in 1949 from the sculptor’s Tennessee yard, was presumed lost until its current owner briefly lent it to the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville in 2014.
The previous record for a work by Edmondson (1874-1951), the son of freed slaves, was $263,000, for his “Mother and Child,” which sold at Christie’s, New York, in 2014.
Boxer’ Sells for $785,000 at Christie’s (The New York Times)