The sale of items from the legendary late collector set new participation records for a Sotheby’s UK auction.
Background and Description
Yaacov Agam (born 1928) is best known for his optical and kinetic art. It is usually abstract, and his works are often placed in public arenas.
He is known for a type of print called an Agamograph, using lenticular printing to present different images depending on the angle from which it is viewed, art that seems to move as the viewer moves. This is created by laying several images on top of each other, producing an illusion of depth and a stereoscopic 3D effect. Multiple graphic images are revealed and concealed in portions through a lenticular screen.
Lenticular printing uses a lithographic process to produce the different images. Therefore when people discuss ‘Yaacov Agam lithographs’ they are generally referring to Agamographs.
Agamographs are not as collectibles as Agam’s sculptures and tapestries. They generally sell for just a few hundred-a few thousand dollars, compared with his aluminium and acrylic relief works, which have sold for up to $150,000 at Christie’s auctions.
However, this means that Agamographs are the more affordable items of Yaacov Agam art, and very likely to increase in value over time, so represent a good investment to collectors.
His ‘American Spirit’ Agamograph of the U.S. flag is very popular among collectors, as well as his works that explore Judaism and religion.
Signed prints sell for several hundred - $1,000 dollars.
Original signed Agamographs can sell for as little as a few hundred dollars up to $12,000 at auction sites such as eBay and at small auctions.
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