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A painting by Barkley L. Hendricks will head to auction next week during Sotheby’s contemporary art day sale in New York on November 17. Jackie Sha-La-La (Jackie Cameron), a portrait of a reclining floral dress-clad woman from 1975, is expected to fetch a price of $2 million–$3 million. If it reaches its high estimate, it will come close to the artist's current record price of $3.7 million, set when his double-portrait Yocks from the same year sold at Sotheby's in 2019. Yocks had an estimate of $900,000–$1.2 million.
Other highlights on offer at Sotheby’s include Helen Frankenthaler’s 13-foot painting Giant Step (1975), which was given an estimate of $1.2 million–$1.8 million, and Wayne Thiebaud’s Pop-style ice cream painting Single Triple Decker (2004), which is estimated at $1.5 million–$2 million. Other notable artists featured in the sale include Keith Haring, Matthew Wong, and Titus Kaphar. The pre-sale estimate total for the contemporary art day auction is $35.6 million– $50.7 million.
The present work has the highest estimate ever given to a Hendricks painting at auction. It follows the recent sale of another female portrait by the artist at the house: Latin from Manhattan…The Bronx Actually (1980), which sold for $1.5 million in Sotheby's "Contemporary Curated" auction in October. That painting beat its estimate of $700,000–$1 million. Weeks before, Artnet News reported that the painter’s dealer New York’s Jack Shainman Gallery found a buyer for a work by the artist—the details of which have not been disclosed— for $14 million.
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