Botero ‘Ballerina’ Bronze, 2 Original Picassos Lead Beaux Auctions’ May 27 Fine Art & Antiques Sale

Miami firm that caters to distinguished international clientele will offer 95 select pieces

Online PR News – 21-May-2014 – Miami, FL – Miami, FL, May 19, 2014 -- Two choice, original Picasso drawings and one of Francisco Botero’s most sought-after sculptures are among the 95 prized artworks featured in Beaux Auctions’ May 27 absentee and online-only sale. Every piece included in the fine art and antiques auction has been personally chosen and carefully curated by Beaux Auctions, and most will be offered without reserve. Additionally, each of the sale’s headliners is accompanied by a written study prepared during the authentication process.

The sculptural creations of Francisco Botero (Colombian, b. 1932-) are visually unmistakable and can be seen in museums, plazas and parks throughout the world, from New York’s Park Avenue to the Champs Elysees in Paris. One of the forms collectors covet but seldom have the opportunity to acquire is Botero’s 2006 bronze Ballerina, which was cast at Fonderia Artistica Mariani in Italy in an edition of six. Beaux Auction will present Ballerina #5 of 6 – signed, numbered and stamped within the casting – at their May 27 auction. The 17-inch patinated bronze sculpture is expected to achieve $250,000-$350,000.

Will they end up in a museum or a private collection? – that is the question being asked about two original pen and ink and inkwash drawings by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Cataloged as consecutive auction lots, both of the 1930s artworks reflect an important recurring theme in Picasso’s body of work from that period – that of the bull and the Minotaur. Each is estimated at $250,000-$350,000. (Provenance upon request)

The Picassos are titled Minoature et la Dormeuse, measuring 11.5 by 15.1 inches; and Minotaure s’approche de la Dormeuse, whose vertical orientation is 15.1 x 11.5 inches. It is presumed that the model who posed for the drawings was Picasso’s muse, Marie-Therese Walter.

Highlighting the 18th/19th-century European paintings is a Francois Pascal Simon Gerard (attr.) (Rome 1779-Paris 1837) oil on board inspired by Daphnis and Chloe, characters in a 2nd century A.D. Greek novel by Longus. Superbly executed, the 27 by 20-inch work is framed and in excellent condition. Its estimate is $30,000-$40,000.

An Ancient Roman reconstituted mosaic panel from Dougga, Tunisia, 150 B.C., depicts a lion attacking an antelope. Its dimensions are 26.5 by 18.5 inches, and it is estimated at $1,500-$2,500. “Dougga is almost certainly the best-preserved Roman town in North Africa and is acclaimed for its period mosaics,” said Bacalao. “This panel is a fine representation.”

Latin-American selections in the May 27 auction range from classical to contemporary. From the Cuzco school, a circa-1740 Salamiel Dei oil depicting an archangel with arquebus measures 48½ by 40 inches and is estimated at $16,000-$20,000. A late-19th-century Cuzco school painting, Birthday of the Virgin, is by an anonymous artist and is a richly gold-embellished interior scene depicting The Holy Family, angels and other attendants. It measures 35 by 27.5 inches, is exquisitely framed, and is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

The sale also features colonial art of the Americas, including antique oil-on-copper paintings; and Cuban art. The best of the latter category is an original drawing by Wifredo Lam (1902-1982). The untitled ink-on-paper drawing, 13 by 19.5 inches, is an intricately detailed, high-quality drawing with a personal inscription from 1958. It comes with a COA from Lou Laurin Lam and is offered with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. Also of note is a striking Elmar Rojas (Guatemalan, b. 1938-) oil on canvas. Estimate: $40,000-$50,000.

Beaux Auctions’ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Fine Art & Antiques Auction is an absentee and online event accessible through The start time is 6 p.m. Eastern Time. All lots may be previewed via the online catalog, although interested parties are welcome to preview in person if they are in the Miami area. Contact Beaux Auctions to schedule a viewing time. For information on any item or to leave an absentee bid to be lodged competitively during the auction, call tollfree 1-877-572-1708 or email All enquiries will be answered promptly. Visit Beaux Auctions online,

About Beaux Auction:
Beaux Auction is an auction house operating in South Florida. Our focus is on antiques, fine art, jewelry, collectibles, coins, gold and silver, but we will also list newer pieces outside of those categories. Every lot we sell has been professionally researched and appraised as we deeply value the trust our clients and customers place in us. The majority of the items we sell come from estates, and as such, we are able to offer extremely rare and valuable one-of-a-kind items that people will in all probability never see again.

We pride ourselves in our communication and dedication to customer satisfaction. We will promptly respond to any inquiries you may have regarding any of our listings or our auction and fulfillment process.

Ynoluz Bacalao, Partner
Beaux Auctions
2445 NW 38th Street
Miami, FL 33142