The Last Day of May Sale / by SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS

Event:             SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS / The Last Day of May Sale
Date:              Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 12pm
Bergamot Station Arts Center           
                       2525 Michigan Ave. Suite A5 + B7
                       Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gallery Hours:        11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Tuesday – Saturday

Featuring works by:  Marc Karzen (The Art of Late Night with David Letterman), David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Ramond Pettibon, George Tice, Margaret Bourke-White, Sally Mann, Takashi Murakami, Robert Natkin, RETNA, Alex Prager

SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is pleased to announce their Last Day of May Sale - an auction of modern and contemporary artwork of all mediums on Sunday May 31, 2015 beginning at 12PM at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA.  

Based in Santa Monica for 30 years, SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is the longest running independently owned and operated boutique auction house in Los Angeles. The Last Day of May Sale presents works by mid-career and established artists of all mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, multiples and prints. 

In this auction, we will be featuring a special assortment of the original unique “bumpers” - the artwork used for NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman.  From 1982-1992, Marc Karzen photographed a series of slice-of-life-moments that punctuated segments, introduced guests and branded this ground breaking show. These unique artworks were all created by Marc Karzen and have been stored in his archives and never displayed nor viewed by the public until now. (Click here for complete list of works up for auction)

Each one is a unique chromigenic-print with hand collage and signed on verso by the artist with the Late Night nomenclature included in the imagery. These beautiful, funny and creative original artworks were used multiple times throughout the eleven years that the Letterman Show was at NBC. 

Widely credited with redefining the talk show genre, Letterman is one of the most influential, acclaimed and honored personalities in television history. The longest-tenured late night talk show host at more than 33 years, Letterman will host his last show after 11 years at NBC and 22 at CBS on May 20, 2015.We have chosen 22 lots to auction as an homage to David Letterman’s broadcast career (5 lots/sets of three and 5 individual lots of one). 

A complete viewing of the 22 chosen lots can be viewed soon at our gallery space and online at We will be holding a special live preview at our Suite B7 Bergamot Station location, with the artist Marc Karzen, to discuss the halcyon days of David Letterman on Friday May 8, 2015 from 5-8pm. 

Galleries A5 + B7 at Bergamot Station Arts Center are currently housing a preview of the auction with new consignments being added daily.  The continually updated online catalogue may be viewed at our new website :