Cadmus' Male Nude auctions for $48,000

Paul Cadmus' 1981 crayon drawing Male Nude has sold for $48,000 at Swann Auction Galleries, leading the auction house's June 13 sale of American artwork.

Cadmus Male Nude
Cadmus is famed for his work in crayon, pastel and tempura. His sensuous drawings of sunbathers, sitters and sailors often prove popular at auction

Cadmus' delicate circa 1990 drawings John Reading and Sandy Reading also put in strong performances, selling for $10,800 apiece.

Cadmus (1904-1999) is an American artist best known for his tenderly and somewhat dreamily realised male nudes.

In March 2007, Cadmus' Reclining Male Nude brought $14,400 to Sotheby's, while a sketch depicting a young naked man sitting on a bench made $11,250, also at Sotheby's, in March 2008.

Swann Auction Galleries' Todd Weyman comments: "Swann's first standalone American Art auction included excellent examples by Paul Cadmus… with the overwhelming majority selling to private collectors amidst fierce bidding."

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