LA Crocodile’s iconic artwork goes to auction – NBC Los Angeles
What there is to know
- Bonham’s LA at 7601 Sunset Boulevard
- A pair of large crocodile pendants goes on sale March 8
- The whimsical artwork, designed by Frank Gehry, once adorned Rebecca’s, Venice’s legendary restaurant
Clinging to a little keepsake that reminds you of a favorite restaurant?
That’s exactly what a lot of people have done, which means restaurant-related memorabilia really runs the gamut of foodies with a strong sense of nostalgia.
Items like cocktail napkins emblazoned with a restaurant’s name, stir sticks emblazoned with the venue’s logo, or business cards, often found at a restaurant’s hospitality stand, help diners to keep a physical reminder, something that evokes the memory of a good evening.
But buying two giant metal crocodile pendants, a pair of whimsical and utilitarian works of art designed by a world-renowned architect?
Let’s just call those particular restaurant souvenirs rather rare, compared to the traditional cocktail napkins or stir sticks and trinkets we keep after a great dining experience.
Rebecca’s, Venice’s famed but long-closed restaurant, once housed two reptilian works of art that had a dramatic influence on guests sipping cocktails below. The creator of the pieces? That would be Frank Gehry, the iconic architect behind the Walt Disney Concert Hall and a host of other lauded landmarks.
Now these colossal, colossally cool crocs are up for auction, at Bonham’s on Sunset Boulevard, March 8.
“Custom designed and manufactured in 1983, crocodiles originally hung from the ceiling of the famed Rebecca restaurant in Venice, California, known for hosting celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Tom Hanks in the ’80s,” the auction house shares.
“Beloved for its bold interior and lively atmosphere, Rebecca’s was an iconic example of Gehry’s bold style that brought him notoriety.”
Pieces are part of a larger modern design | Art auction.
One crocodile is 17 feet long, while the other spans 20 feet, so the highest bidder(s) will definitely have to make room. “The two crocodiles are estimated between 50,000 and 70,000 dollars and between 30,000 and 50,000 dollars”, specifies the Bonham’s team.
David Trujillo, specialist in modern decorative art and design, said: “We are delighted to offer such a rare and important set of sculptures by local and international icon, Frank Gehry.”
“These pieces are truly one of a kind and represent the pinnacle of Gehry’s exploration of animal form. Combined with stunning artwork by Sam Maloof, Michael and Magdalena Frimkess, and Jack Rogers Hopkins, the sale promises to be packed. from Southern California manufacturers plus an incredible list of 20th century design.”
The charismatic crocodiles weren’t just a random addition to Rebecca. The restaurant was well known for its ocean-inspired imagery, with the New York Times calling it “The Mecca of eclectic food and underwater fantasy”.