June 20, 2018

Santa Monica Auctions Fights to Stay At Bergamot Station


As construction of the Expo Light Rail shifts into high gear, Santa Monica Auctions has received its notice to vacate. However, new disputes are building that may stop the bulldozers from arriving.

Owner, Robert Berman, hoping to push back the demolition, fights to hold one last auction, ‘The Last Goodbuy” to bid farewell to their beloved location of nearly 19 years.

The final auction takes place on November 11, with a live public art auction of modern & contemporary art on Sunday, at 12 noon at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA.

The auction will feature mid-career and established artists of all mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, multiples and prints. The lot list for this final auction is comprised of works by Andy Warhol, Christo, Robert Rauschenberg, Weegee, John Altoon, Shirin Neshat, Raymond Pettibon and more.

Independently owned and operated for 27 years, Santa Monica Auctions presents unique and rare pieces in a unique and rare setting outdoors. Berman’s eclectic but sophisticated eye for resilient and relative artworks, solidifies the auction house’s reputation as a buyer’s sale using live internet bidding and an electronic catalogue to accommodate last-minute consignments .

Gallery C2 in Bergamot Station Arts Center is currently housing a preview of the auction with new consignments being added daily. The continually updated online catalogue may be viewed at www.smauctions.com.

Gallery C2 Bergamot Station Arts Center is located at 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Preview display gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. There is a late-night preview on Saturday, Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m.