Los Angeles, California.
November 25, 2013
At lunch last week a friend asked me what I thought artist Fred Sexton’s “Black Bird” designed for friend and film director, John Huston’s Maltese Falcon, would sell for at the upcoming TCM/Bonham auction? My guess–based on the hype and sponsorship of TCM was –One Million.
I was only off by 3. News just flashed it just sold in auction today for over 4 MILLION.
See related articles below.
Obviously Sexton’s own dark history had no dampening effect on the sale-ability of the historic Black Bird.
In fact, very few knew anything at all about the artist that created it. Its value at auction came from its iconic place in what many consider to be the world’s greatest film noir classic- The Maltese Falcon.
See the artist/sculptor, Fred Sexton’s biography here
. (Sexton’s criminalityhighlighted in red)
Related links to today’s 4 Million sale of Sexton’s Maltese Falcon.
December 16, 2013 UPDATE: For clarification purposes the lead Maltese Falcon sold at Bonham’s auction for over 4 Million. The Hank Risan Sexton statue was offered at a separate auction, but buyers did not meet the minimum bid price. See story here.