However, her 1995 mixed-media assemblage in a wooden box, Sojourn, was by far the most expensive at $87,500. In fact, it set a new record for Saar at auction—breaking the one made only five months ago when her 2001 assemblage, ABCD Education, sold for $81,900.
“I am thrilled to see the continued growth in our African American art auctions with a tremendous sale. We saw a huge interest in the April 22 auction—it was our second largest grossing sale in the history of the department with the highest number of participants,” said Nigel Freeman, director of African American art at Swann Galleries. “We set 13 artist records and saw high prices all around for many artists. Auction high prices ranged from modern painters like Charles Alston, Beauford Delaney and Hale Woodruff to contemporary assemblage artists like Bisa Butler, Howardena Pindell and Betye Saar.”
Other recent Saar sales include her 2001 mixed-media collage on paper, Honey, which sold for $44,100 this past December, and her 1973 mixed-media shadowbox, Adori, which realized $42,500 back in 2018.