This bold sign with some other hot neon will be part of the "Design of the Century" auction on September 29, 2009 at Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles. The sale will included Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern pieces all with a slant on California design.
Some of the neon pieces for sale were also used in movies and television shows. Featured works will include a 1970s animated enameled steel Beer Mug sign, used in the films "Cinderella Man" and "Transformers" (est. $3,000 - 4,000); a Japanese animated neon and wood sign: SLAM DUNK, used in "Kill Bill" and "Austin Powers 3" (est. $3,000 - 5,000); three illuminated 1970s style steel channel letters forming the word SIN, with dual-colored light bulbs used in television episodes of "Dirty Sexy Money" and "My Name is Earl" (est. $1,800 - 2,500); a painted 1970s wood and neon sign forming the phrase PRAYER CHANGES THINGS, used in the film, "Starsky and Hutch" and the television show, "Saving Grace" (est. $1,800 - 2,500); a circa 1950 double-sided metal and neon forming the word COCKTAILS, used in the film, "Collateral", as well as in television episodes of "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Crazy for You" (est. $1,000 - 1,500); a 1990s two-part illuminated aluminum sign forming the word LUCKY, used in a music video for recording artist Maxwell, a television episode of "CSI" and commercial for Pepsi and the film "Collateral" (est. $3,000 - 5,000); and a 1950s vintage single sided enameled metal and neon Ice Cream Cone sign used in a music video for rapper Snoop Dog (est. $3,000 - 5,000) as well as several vintage 1950-1970 neon bar and cocktail signage pieces.
Of course there's also plenty of fine design too including a painted metal, brass, glass and marble floor lamp for Arredoluce by Angelo Lelii (est. $15,000 - 20,000); a signed mahogany Hand and Foot chair Pedro Friedeberg (est. $8,000 - 12,000); African Fantasy, a circa 1950 oil on canvas by Adrian (est. $3,000 - 5,000) and bent plywood and cast aluminum Fly Ply dining table, 1994 by Ron Arad (est. $10,000 - 15,000). The piece on offer is representative of Arad's signature cutting edge style, which is currently on exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art in New York during the designer's first major US retrospective. The sale will also feature a group of studio glass and ceramic pieces of art by renowned makers Peter Voulkos, Beatrice Wood, Steuben, Dale Chihuly, Glen Lukens and William Morris.
In conjunction with fall the 20th Century Decorative Arts auction, Bonhams & Butterfields, will hold a cocktail reception titled "An Evening with John Nyquist" on September 24, 2009. During the evening's festivities, guests will have an opportunity to pose questions to two of the firm's 20th Century Decorative Arts Specialists: Angela Past and Jason Stein, as well as mingle with noted California Studio Craftsman John Nyquist. Works from the September auction will be on view throughout the reception.
Reception: September 24, 2009, Los Angeles
Preview: September 25-27, 2009, Los Angeles
Auction: September 29, 2009 at 1:00pm, Los Angeles