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Five Big-Name Pieces Up for Bid at the SFMOMA Art Auction

Warhol, Sherman, and more—a look at art's most glamorous night in San Francisco.

Chuck Close, Self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat), 2013

Estimate $75,000–$95,000

This massive new self-portrait by the 20th-century master of portraits will be a hot ticket. Close started working in portraiture back in the 1960s because the then unpopular form allowed him the freedom to experiment without the limitation of comparison to his contemporaries.

archival watercolor pigment print on Hahnemühle rag paper, m.p. ed. of 10; 75 × 60 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Donald Farnsworth, Magnolia Editions, Oakland, California; © Chuck Close

 

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2010/2012

Estimate $50,000–$70,000

The 2013 auction will be one deep-pocketed collector's opportunity to take home a piece by SFMOMA's identity-defying superstar of 2012.

color photograph; 24 x 34 3/4 in. (60.96 x 88.26 cm); Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures; © Cindy Sherman

 

Gerhard Richter, Untitled (21.5.07), 2007

Estimate $75,000–$85,000

Bets are that this exemplary work by genre-busting legend Richter fetches a high price—he sold an abstract painting last fall for $34 million, a record auction price for a living artist.

oil on color photograph; 6 ½ × 9 ⅞ in.; Courtesy of Anthony and Celeste Meier; © Gerhard Richter

 

Andy Warhol, Still-Life (Hammer & Sickle), 1977

Estimate $60,000–$90,000

This graffiti-inspired piece from the bold, Cold War-era Hammer & Sickle series by Warhol, the ultimate SFMOMA darling, is a piece of history.

graphite and wash on ivory wove paper; 35 × 48 ⅞ in.; Courtesy of the Mnuchin Gallery, New York; © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York 

Jasper Johns, Periscope, 1981

Estimate $20,000–$25,000

Recognized as one of America's greatest artists, Johns' works are some of the most coveted, and valuable, around.

color aquatint; 47 5/8 x 35 5/8 x 1 ½ in.; Courtesy of the artist; © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

 

Hands down the city’s highest profile art affair, SFMOMA’s Art Auction only comes around once every two years, and the next installment is on April 24. It's the chance for serious collectors and enthusiasts to bid on more than 40 big-ticket pieces from some of the art world’s most recognizable names, as well as hot up-and-comers.

This year the museum promises to keep the event, which benefits its exhibition schedule and education programs, as modern as the art: Following food and cocktails, local electro-indie-rock band Geographer will perform for the expected 500 guests. And if you have your eye on a piece from the silent auction, no need to feel chained to it, you can ratchet up your offer with your mobile bidding device while you wait in line for a drink.

From Warhol to Sherman, the above slideshow highlights five big-deal artists whose work will be up for grabs in the live auction later this month (and soon decorating some very lucky walls). If you’re not prepared to drop $400 for a ticket, you can take a peek for free during the auction preview on April 20-21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24, 5 to 10 p.m., 151 Third St., sfmoma.org, 415.618.3263. Buy tickets here.