Lot 33 | Auction XXXVII



LOT 33


B. N. Sembilan, 1941

Pago Pago Series – Rumbia (Singapore), 1968 Edition 1/3

Signed and dated “a Latiff 68” on lower right and “Singapore” on verso of paper 
Inscribed 1/3 on lower left

Linocut on paper

45.5 x 30 cm

Provenance Formerly in the Collection of Mr. Patrick J. Murphy, Ireland

RM 50,000 – RM 90,000


This striking work by Abdul Latiff Mohidin was formerly in the collection of avid art collector, Patrick J. Murphy. The Rumbia series, Edition 1/3 is a representation of the artist’s prodigious technique, complexity, elevating the work further with monochromatic hues of black and gold. There is something enigmatic about this work that draws people in. Abdul Latiff’s works on paper have always garnered interest of aficionados. His ‘Serangga 28, 2012’ painting from KLAS Art Auction Sale VIII on April 6, 2014 sold for a total of RM 121,000.00. Another example of the artist’s record-breaking price is his Pago Pago Series, 1966 featured in KLAS Art Auction Edition III, April 7, 2013 was sold for an impressive RM33,000, surpassing its upper estimate of RM18,000.

There are only two known and exhibited artworks from the “Rumbia” linocut edition works seen in the recent years; one of which is in the collection of the artist which was exhibited in Pompidou, Paris in 201 and this mint condition masterpiece from the collection of Patrick J. Murphy from Ireland.