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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that the upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature over 30 custom William “Billy” Haines designs commissioned in 1960 by Rita Roedling, daughter of Mervyn & Kitty LeRoy. The property is being sold by Rita’s daughter, Anita May Rosenstein, who is also the granddaughter of Tom & Anita May.

The Mays and the LeRoys were passionate supporters of Haines, and this auction presents a rare opportunity to acquire custom Haines furnishings that come with both May and LeRoy pedigree. This impressive collection of Haines designs includes lounge chairs, dining tables, table lamps, side tables, stools, and bedroom furnishings, all of which have never been offered on the market.

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Time is running out to show your support for modern art, architecture, and historic preservation. Please donate to put a stop to the destruction of The Fulton Mall in Downtown Fresno. The 1000 Friends of Fresno is filing a lawsuit against the City of Fresno. For this to happen, they need to raise $50,000. They are making progress to their goal, but they need your help. Continue Reading for the link to make a donation.

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February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA Showroom, Peter Loughrey Auctioneer. Photo credit: Noe Montes

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) achieved the highest sale total in company history, realizing $5.12 million including commissions, with a sell-through rate of 86% of the 386 lots offered in the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design auction. A Ruth Asawa hanging sculpture soared to $1.43 million, marking a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a single lot in the company’s 22-year history and effectively tying the world auction record for the artist.

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The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.

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For some artists, it is a mere aesthetic launching pad, for others the very muse and wellspring of their lives’ work: The Nude is art’s ultimate subject. We long to see ourselves unfiltered by mask and costume, in all our shapes and sizes. Our Modern Art & Design Auction this Sunday features various nude works by David Park, William Theophilus Brown, and Judy Chicago.

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Three lots of masterful modern design featured in the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction have attracted considerable attention during our auction preview these past few weeks. The designs come from the American craftsmen Sam Maloof and Garry Knox Bennett. Click to read more about an imaginative clock by Bennett, as well as custom designs by Maloof, including a classic dining room table and chairs and an exceptionally rare rosewood rocking chair.

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The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction is fast approaching. This Sunday, the auction features Untitled (1964), a large-scale oil and enamel on canvas from Los Angeles’ own Father of Hard Edge, Lorser Feitelson. This painting is an embodiment of Feitelson’s Hard Edge style: large and dramatic, featuring strong colors and bold curves.

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Valleyview Living Room, Carderock Springs Subdivision

On Sunday, February 23, Los Angeles Modern Auctions is offering the largest George Nakashima collection from a single owner in our history. Directly from the Estate of Edmund J. Bennett, this comprehensive collection includes 60 custom designs that span Nakashima’s most successful and creative decades from 1963 to 1991. Edmund J. Bennett commissioned Nakashima to create a diverse, all-encompassing collection, from desks, chairs, and daybeds to lamps, mirrors, and wall units. It began with a collaboration between two visionaries and continued with Bennett’s lifelong appreciation of an American master.

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