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The Empty Head by Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder

The Empty Head, 1969

Gouache and ink on paper
74.9 x 109.9 cm (29.5 x 43.25 in)
Works on Paper
Unique artwork
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Momentum 12M
Last recorded sale at Sotheby's, New York (23 Feb 2024)

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Past Sales
ImageSale dateAuction houseLocationSale nameLot No.EstimatePrice SoldConditionTitle
Feb 23, 2024
Sotheby'sNew YorkContemporary Discoveries711
$****** - ******
Very Good
The Empty Head
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Artwork Description

Works on Paper


74.9 x 109.9 cm (29.5 x 43.25 in)


gouache and ink on paper


signed and dated 69 (lower right); titled (on the verso)


Perls Galleries, New York

Private Collection, Honolulu

David and Ellen Wood, Honolulu (acquired from the above circa 1985)

The Ricewood Family Trust, Camarillo (acquired by descent from the above circa 1998)

Heritage Auction Dallas, 19 May 2022, lot 77027 (consigned by the above)

Acquired from the above by the present owner


Alexander Calder

1898 - 1976

The Empty Head

signed and dated 69 (lower right); titled (on the verso)

gouache and ink on paper

29½ by 43¼ in.

74.9 by 109.9 cm.

Executed in 1969.

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A27099.