James Lee Byars

American, 1932–1997

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Untitled (Dear Senior Paparoni)
silverpoint on paper
108.5 x 77.5 cm
Mar 14, 2024Dorotheum
Untitled (Dear Senior Paparoni)
silverpoint on paper
108.5 x 77.5 cm
Mar 14, 2024
Dorotheum
Modern and Contemporary Art
Lot 39
TSOTF (The Sacrifice Of The Flower), 1986
golden felt pen on ink teinted tissue paper
75.0 x 78.0 cm
Nov 30, 2023Dorotheum
TSOTF (The Sacrifice Of The Flower), 1986
golden felt pen on ink teinted tissue paper
75.0 x 78.0 cm
Nov 30, 2023
Dorotheum
Contemporary Art II
Lot 571
Compositie, 1987
graphite and gold leaf on red paper, in artist's frame
49 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (125.7 x 35.9 cm)
May 19, 2022Phillips
Compositie, 1987
graphite and gold leaf on red paper, in artist's frame
49 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (125.7 x 35.9 cm)
May 19, 2022
Phillips • New York
20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
Lot 205
Untitled, 1985
stylo doré sur papier
62.7 x 98.5 cm
Mar 30, 2022Sotheby's
Untitled, 1985
stylo doré sur papier
62.7 x 98.5 cm
Mar 30, 2022
Sotheby's
Contemporary Curated
Lot 15
The Monument to Cleopatra, 1988
gilded marble, gilded wood and glass
69 x 65.5 x 150.5 cm
Oct 8, 2021Sotheby's
The Monument to Cleopatra, 1988
gilded marble, gilded wood and glass
69 x 65.5 x 150.5 cm
Oct 8, 2021
Sotheby's
Contemporary Art Day Auction
Lot 172
Untitled
black tissue paper and pencil
22 cm
Feb 8, 2021Sotheby's
Untitled
black tissue paper and pencil
22 cm
Feb 8, 2021
Sotheby's
Unwrapped, Part II: The Hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Lot 144
Untitled, 1975
wrinkled tissue paper
35 x 46.5 cm
Feb 8, 2021Sotheby's
Untitled, 1975
wrinkled tissue paper
35 x 46.5 cm
Feb 8, 2021
Sotheby's
Unwrapped, Part II: The Hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Lot 145
Untitled
wrinkled tissue paper
44 x 31.2 cm
Feb 8, 2021Sotheby's
Untitled
wrinkled tissue paper
44 x 31.2 cm
Feb 8, 2021
Sotheby's
Unwrapped, Part II: The Hidden World of Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Lot 146
JAMES LEE BYARS | PENIS LETTER TO JON THOMPSON, circa 1985
gold pencil and watercolour on japanese paper
107 by 38.3 cm. 42⅛ by 15⅛ in. 120 by 52.3 cm. 47¼ by 20½ in.
Aug 20, 2020Sotheby's
JAMES LEE BYARS | PENIS LETTER TO JON THOMPSON, circa 1985
gold pencil and watercolour on japanese paper
107 by 38.3 cm. 42⅛ by 15⅛ in. 120 by 52.3 cm. 47¼ by 20½ in.
Aug 20, 2020
Sotheby's • London
Contemporary Art | London
Lot 25
PENIS LETTER TO JON THOMPSON, 1985
gold pencil and watercolour on Japanese paper
107 x 38.3 cm
Aug 13, 2020Sotheby's
PENIS LETTER TO JON THOMPSON, 1985
gold pencil and watercolour on Japanese paper
107 x 38.3 cm
Aug 13, 2020
Sotheby's
Contemporary Art | London
Lot 25
The Philosophical Palace, 1986
golden coloured pencil on red dyed folded paper, laid on board
77.7 x 54 cm
Nov 28, 2019Dorotheum
The Philosophical Palace, 1986
golden coloured pencil on red dyed folded paper, laid on board
77.7 x 54 cm
Nov 28, 2019
Dorotheum • Unknown
Contemporary Art II
Lot 670
THE FIGURE OF THE FIRST QUESTION, 1987
sculpture
161.5 x 27 x 27 cm
Mar 5, 2019Sotheby's
THE FIGURE OF THE FIRST QUESTION, 1987
sculpture
161.5 x 27 x 27 cm
Mar 5, 2019
Sotheby's • London
Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Lot 32
Ohne Titel, 1989
golden colored pencil drawing on red-dyed paper, mounted on black backing board in places
54.6 x 36.2 cm
Dec 6, 2018Ketterer Kunst
Ohne Titel, 1989
golden colored pencil drawing on red-dyed paper, mounted on black backing board in places
54.6 x 36.2 cm
Dec 6, 2018
Ketterer Kunst • Munich
Classics of the 20th Century III
Lot 191
The Philosophical Palace, 1986
golden colored pencil drawing on red-dyed paper, laid on backing board in places
77.7 x 54 cm
Dec 6, 2018Ketterer Kunst
The Philosophical Palace, 1986
golden colored pencil drawing on red-dyed paper, laid on backing board in places
77.7 x 54 cm
Dec 6, 2018
Ketterer Kunst • Munich
Classics of the 20th Century III
Lot 192
GLASS SHARD KNIFE, 'CIRCA' 1985
glass, silk and tissue paper
14 by 7.6 cm
Jul 20, 2018Sotheby's
GLASS SHARD KNIFE, 'CIRCA' 1985
glass, silk and tissue paper
14 by 7.6 cm
Jul 20, 2018
Sotheby's
Lot 87
Penis Letter to Jon Thompson, 1985
gold pencil and watercolour on Japanese paper
107 x 38.3 cm (42 1/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Jun 26, 2018Phillips
Penis Letter to Jon Thompson, 1985
gold pencil and watercolour on Japanese paper
107 x 38.3 cm (42 1/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Jun 26, 2018
Phillips • London
20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale
Lot 146
TSOL
gold pen on coloured paper
104.4 x 29 cm
Mar 9, 2018Phillips
TSOL
gold pen on coloured paper
104.4 x 29 cm
Mar 9, 2018
Phillips
Lot 140
The 5 Continent Documenta 7, 1979
Letter-Object. Black tissue paper with gilt lettering, folded, in folded paper envelope, with address in India ink
225 x 122 cm
Dec 8, 2017Ketterer Kunst
The 5 Continent Documenta 7, 1979
Letter-Object. Black tissue paper with gilt lettering, folded, in folded paper envelope, with address in India ink
225 x 122 cm
Dec 8, 2017
Ketterer Kunst • Munich
Post War II
Lot 344
Untitled, 1985
Watercolor and gold pen, on three joined and folded sheets of paper
14 x 226.5 cm
Dec 8, 2017Ketterer Kunst
Untitled, 1985
Watercolor and gold pen, on three joined and folded sheets of paper
14 x 226.5 cm
Dec 8, 2017
Ketterer Kunst • Munich
Post War II
Lot 311
Untitled, 1932-1997
Japanese paper and varnish
24.1 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm
Nov 16, 2017Christie's
Untitled, 1932-1997
Japanese paper and varnish
24.1 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm
Nov 16, 2017
Christie's • New York
Post-War & Contemporary Art Afternoon Session
Lot 894
Slit Moon, 1932-1997
3.8 x 40 x 17.8 cm
Nov 16, 2017Christie's
Slit Moon, 1932-1997
3.8 x 40 x 17.8 cm
Nov 16, 2017
Christie's • New York
Post-War & Contemporary Art Afternoon Session
Lot 895
THE SOFT SPHERE (THE HEAD OF PLATO), 1989
sculpture
20.5 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm
Sep 27, 2017Sotheby's
THE SOFT SPHERE (THE HEAD OF PLATO), 1989
sculpture
20.5 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm
Sep 27, 2017
Sotheby's • New York
Contemporary Curated
Lot 207
Man ascending , 1959, 1959
pencil on paper
96 x 63 cm
Jul 6, 2017Tajan
Man ascending , 1959, 1959
pencil on paper
96 x 63 cm
Jul 6, 2017
Tajan • Paris
Casual Post-war, Mobilier & Peintures
Lot 6
A white paper will blow through the streets , 1967, 1967
offset lithograph printed in black on white paper
66.04 x 66.04 cm
Jun 4, 2017Santa Monica Auctions
A white paper will blow through the streets , 1967, 1967
offset lithograph printed in black on white paper
66.04 x 66.04 cm
Jun 4, 2017
Santa Monica Auctions • Santa Monica
Live Public Art Auction
Lot 175
Untitled , Circa 1988, 1988
Marker on gold paper
39.5 x 48.5 cm
May 29, 2017Germann Auktionen
Untitled , Circa 1988, 1988
Marker on gold paper
39.5 x 48.5 cm
May 29, 2017
Germann Auktionen • Zurich
Important Paintings, Sculptures, Watercolors, Drawings and Multiples, less than CHF 5000.-, Photography, Portfolios and Books, Important Prints, International Prints and Multiples
Lot 48
Untitled , Circa 1988, 1988
Marker on gold paper
50 x 16 cm
May 29, 2017Germann Auktionen
Untitled , Circa 1988, 1988
Marker on gold paper
50 x 16 cm
May 29, 2017
Germann Auktionen • Zurich
Important Paintings, Sculptures, Watercolors, Drawings and Multiples, less than CHF 5000.-, Photography, Portfolios and Books, Important Prints, International Prints and Multiples
Lot 47
Untitled
gold pencil on paper painted red
108 x 79 cm
May 20, 2017De Vuyst
Untitled
gold pencil on paper painted red
108 x 79 cm
May 20, 2017
De Vuyst • Lokeren
Old Masters, Modern and Contemporary Art
Lot 564
Untitled, 1970
Pencil on hand-painted red paper in the shape of a circle
31.8 x 30.8 cm
May 11, 2017Swann
Untitled, 1970
Pencil on hand-painted red paper in the shape of a circle
31.8 x 30.8 cm
May 11, 2017
Swann • New York
Contemporary Art
Lot 237
Untitled, 1970
Blue tissue paper with a silver star, in the shape of half of a heart
50.8 x 34.3 cm
May 11, 2017Swann
Untitled, 1970
Blue tissue paper with a silver star, in the shape of half of a heart
50.8 x 34.3 cm
May 11, 2017
Swann • New York
Contemporary Art
Lot 236
Untitled, 1970
Two letters contained on approximately 38 sheets of beige paper, in ball-point pen and green and blue ink
5 x 17.8 cm
May 11, 2017Swann
Untitled, 1970
Two letters contained on approximately 38 sheets of beige paper, in ball-point pen and green and blue ink
5 x 17.8 cm
May 11, 2017
Swann • New York
Contemporary Art
Lot 235
Th fi to in ph, 1977
scrunched black paper with gold letters in gold-colored, printed and numbered box with ballpoint pen
21 x 15 x 7 cm
Mar 25, 2017Venator & Hanstein
Th fi to in ph, 1977
scrunched black paper with gold letters in gold-colored, printed and numbered box with ballpoint pen
21 x 15 x 7 cm
Mar 25, 2017
Venator & Hanstein • Cologne
Moderne und Zeitgenossische Graphik, Moderne Illustrierte Bucher
Lot 2216
Untitled (...Sweet Marie Puck...), 1985
ink and watercolour on 3 folded papers mounted to one another
19 x 231 cm
Dec 3, 2016Kunsthaus Lempertz
Untitled (...Sweet Marie Puck...), 1985
ink and watercolour on 3 folded papers mounted to one another
19 x 231 cm
Dec 3, 2016
Kunsthaus Lempertz • Cologne
Zeitgenössische Kunst
Lot 609
Untitled (...Sweet Marie Puck...), 1985
Ink and watercolour on 3 folded papers
19 x 231.5 cm
Dec 3, 2016Lempertz
Untitled (...Sweet Marie Puck...), 1985
Ink and watercolour on 3 folded papers
19 x 231.5 cm
Dec 3, 2016
Lempertz • Cologne
Contemporary Art II
Lot 609
Untitled
pencil on orange paper
63 x 117 cm
Nov 15, 2016Swann Galleries
Untitled
pencil on orange paper
63 x 117 cm
Nov 15, 2016
Swann Galleries • New York
Contemporary Art
Lot 176
Untitled
pencil on a hand-painted orange scroll-like sheet of paper
15 x 452 cm
Nov 15, 2016Swann Galleries
Untitled
pencil on a hand-painted orange scroll-like sheet of paper
15 x 452 cm
Nov 15, 2016
Swann Galleries • New York
Contemporary Art
Lot 174
Untitled
pencil on hand-painted red paper
31 x 31 cm
Nov 15, 2016Swann Galleries
Untitled
pencil on hand-painted red paper
31 x 31 cm
Nov 15, 2016
Swann Galleries • New York
Contemporary Art
Lot 177
The 5 Continent Documenta 7, 1979
Black silk paper, folded, envelope
225 x 122 cm
Nov 5, 2016SBI Art Auction
The 5 Continent Documenta 7, 1979
Black silk paper, folded, envelope
225 x 122 cm
Nov 5, 2016
SBI Art Auction • Tokyo
Modern and Contemporary Art
Lot 248
The Black Book, 1969
gold offset lithograph printed on black tissue paper and imaginary covers
49 x 36 cm
Jun 23, 2016Wright
The Black Book, 1969
gold offset lithograph printed on black tissue paper and imaginary covers
49 x 36 cm
Jun 23, 2016
Wright • Chicago
Prints + Multiples
Lot 136
Cobalt Blue ever, 1966
color pen
17 x 21 cm
Jun 16, 2016Galerie Kornfeld
Cobalt Blue ever, 1966
color pen
17 x 21 cm
Jun 16, 2016
Galerie Kornfeld • Bern
Kunst des 19. bis 21. Jahrhunderts, Teil II
Lot 554
Go to nitchs[?], 1966
color pen
17 x 21 cm
Jun 16, 2016Galerie Kornfeld
Go to nitchs[?], 1966
color pen
17 x 21 cm
Jun 16, 2016
Galerie Kornfeld • Bern
Kunst des 19. bis 21. Jahrhunderts, Teil II
Lot 553
Golden stars
gold ink on black crumpled paper
17 x 170 cm
Jun 9, 2016Piasa
Golden stars
gold ink on black crumpled paper
17 x 170 cm
Jun 9, 2016
Piasa • Paris
Art Contemporain, Moderne & Sculpture
Lot 70
Sans titre
pencil on paper
62 x 82 cm
Jun 9, 2016Piasa
Sans titre
pencil on paper
62 x 82 cm
Jun 9, 2016
Piasa • Paris
Art Contemporain, Moderne & Sculpture
Lot 71
Hand Drawing, 1989
pencil and lithograph on fine poster sheet (folded six times)
75.9 x 56.79 cm
May 31, 2016Auctionata
Hand Drawing, 1989
pencil and lithograph on fine poster sheet (folded six times)
75.9 x 56.79 cm
May 31, 2016
Auctionata • Berlin
Collectibles of the Post-War & Contemporary Art
Lot 77
Untitled
ink on paper
21.29 x 21.29 cm
Apr 27, 2016RoGallery.com
Untitled
ink on paper
21.29 x 21.29 cm
Apr 27, 2016
RoGallery.com • New York
Modern & Contemporary Art
Lot 1075
Untitled (Here Sweet Marie Puck), 1932-1997
ink and watercolour on three attached folded sheets of paper in artist's frame
19 x 231.5cm
Apr 20, 2016Christie's
Untitled (Here Sweet Marie Puck), 1932-1997
ink and watercolour on three attached folded sheets of paper in artist's frame
19 x 231.5cm
Apr 20, 2016
Christie's • Amsterdam
Post-War and Contemporary Art
Lot 209
PIITL (Perfect is in the Louvre)
gold felt tip pen on paper
27 x 38.99 cm
Mar 30, 2016Millon & Associes
PIITL (Perfect is in the Louvre)
gold felt tip pen on paper
27 x 38.99 cm
Mar 30, 2016
Millon & Associes • Paris
Post War & Art Contemporain
Lot 135
Quarter, 1987
us quarter coin on black creped tissue paper, laid down on black cardboard
47.5 x 46 cm
Feb 4, 2016Auctionata
Quarter, 1987
us quarter coin on black creped tissue paper, laid down on black cardboard
47.5 x 46 cm
Feb 4, 2016
Auctionata • Berlin
Artworks of the Postwar Era
Lot 88
Hand Drawing, 1990
pencil and lithograph on fine poster sheet (folded six times)
75.9 x 56.79 cm
Jan 11, 2016Auctionata
Hand Drawing, 1990
pencil and lithograph on fine poster sheet (folded six times)
75.9 x 56.79 cm
Jan 11, 2016
Auctionata • Berlin
Modern Art
Lot 83
Luck, 1975
gold felt tip pen and coin on crumpled paper
51.99 x 51.99 cm
Dec 15, 2015Cornette de Saint Cyr
Luck, 1975
gold felt tip pen and coin on crumpled paper
51.99 x 51.99 cm
Dec 15, 2015
Cornette de Saint Cyr • Brussels
Christmas Auction
Lot 273
Quarter, 1987
us quarter coin on black creped tissue paper, laid down on black cardboard
47.5 x 46 cm
Dec 4, 2015Auctionata
Quarter, 1987
us quarter coin on black creped tissue paper, laid down on black cardboard
47.5 x 46 cm
Dec 4, 2015
Auctionata • Berlin
Born in the USA: Modern & Contemporary Art
Lot 79