BLACK GOLD – Mystery Petroleum Mosaic- UPDATE

an UPDATE on the 1952 Petroleum Club Mosaic Mural!

Lillian Sizemore's Mind's Eye

UPDATE: April 1 2015

Its been three years since I began the investigation and wrote this article “Black Gold: Thar’s Oil in them Thar Walls” for MosaicArtNOW. It’s a veritable mystery tour of the discovery of a brilliant midcentury mosaic by designer/textile artist John Smith, buried behind plywood and drywall at the old Statler Hotel in Los Angeles. The Petroleum Club mosaic was bought by a private collector, who cleaned the massive work and now has it up for auction with Blackman Cruz Auction house in Los Angeles.  This spectacular piece will go on the block as LOT 226 on April 21, 2015.Suggested estimate at $30,000-40,000. I will be watching closely.

Page from the auction website, states info gleaned from my article. Page from the auction website, states info gleaned from my article.

The timing is particularly relevant because another large scale architectural mosaic was uncovered in New York City, by Max Spivak, Spivak had done work for the same Statler Hotel

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  1. Would be wonderful if the auction winner made it available to the public. Thanks for the update!

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