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Elie Nadelman

Nadelman Horse Outperforms Estimates

Friday, May 18th, 2012 | Collector Savvy tips | No Comments

Elie Nadelman’s bronze horse was described “a visual demonstration of universal beauty” in a blog I wrote in December 2008.

Today another version of this distilled beauty sold through Sotheby’s for $842,500 against an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.

In 1976 a larger version of Horse in an edition of 6 measuring 36″ in height sold for $20,000 through a gallery I worked for.  More recently on May 24, 2000 it sold at Sotheby’s New York for $302,750.

The version of Nadelman’s Horse selling today was just 13″ in height.  Clearly, universal beauty rules.



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What else is necessary to make art valuable?

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Demand must be greater than supply.

The edition size of the Nadelman “Horse” was 6.

Because more than one person who in the year 2000 could spend in excess of $200,000 for this sculpture, it sold at auction for more than $300,000.

Elie Nadelman was “a well-recognized sculptor” meaning his sculpture is included in textbooks chronicling 20th century American sculpture.   Additionally, his sculpture is distinctive and its appearance presented a look that was later readily identified with the term “modern sculpture”.  Nadelman’s contribution to the field of sculpture was relatively unique. This uniqueness contributed to Nadelman having earned a spot in American art history of the 20th century.

Another important American sculptor of the 20th century was Alexander Calder.  Calder pioneered sculpture formats known as stabiles and mobiles, often using primary colors to complement black elements.  Calder produced highly distinctive work, pushing the boundaries of sculpture produced prior to his participation.  

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What makes art valuable?

Friday, December 5th, 2008 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Nadelman Horse

Nadelman Horse

Two words:

universal beauty

Elie Nadelman’s bronze “Horse” is a visual demonstration of universal beauty.

This sculpture “speaks” to art viewers both with and without art training.

In 1976 this bronze, an edition of 6 in the 36″ version, sold for $20,000 through an art gallery. A casting last sold at Sotheby’s New York May 24, 2000 for $302,750.

Nadelman was a well-recognized American sculptor of the 20th century and “Horse” represents a distillation of the artist’s best work.  Regardless of your country of origin, your academic exposure to art history or lack thereof, this sculpture has an understated elegance that qualifies it as having “universal beauty=universal appeal=valuable in the art market.”

Corinne Cain of

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