Los Angeles Modern Auctions
The biggest sale of the LAMA event was Reg Butler's unknown political prisoner maquette. The model, a 17.5-inch-tall piece made of wire and metal on cast plaster, won a 1952 competition among sculptors asked to pay tribute to people who " in many countries and in diverse political situations, had dared to offer their liberty and their lives for the cause of human freedom." While displayed at the Tate Gallery in London, the original maquette was smashed by a protester. Replicas were acquired by the Tate and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but the original maquette -- restored by the artist -- eventually landed in the home of a Malibu collector, who sold the piece through LAMA on Sunday. Price: $125,000.
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