$27,450 for a dog dish? Maybe if it’s designed by Ed Ruscha

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$27,450 for a dog dish?

Apparently the price is right if you’re talking about an original work by the Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha. His “Untitled (Fido) 2010” polychrome glazed earthenware bowl was created as part of the Bowl Project, which benefits PAWS/LA, a nonprofit that helps low-income elderly and the chronically ill keep and care for their pets.

Also contributing works to the auction, held Tuesday by Bonhams auction house, were Ross Bleckner, whose bowl sold for $2,074; Chuck A. Arnoldi, whose work sold for $1,220; Kenny Scharf, who brought in $4,575 for his design; and David Hockney, whose bowl sold for $6,710. (All prices include buyer’s premium.) A dish by Robert Longo, estimated to sell for $2,500-$3,500, failed to find a buyer.


The dog bowls were part of the “Made in California” sale, which was held in Los Angeles and San Francisco. To see images of the other bowls, please click on the jump.

--Lisa Fung

Ross Bleckner’s design

Chuck A. Arnoldi’s design

Kenny Scharf’s design

David Hockney’s design

Robert Longo’s design


Ed Ruscha, David Hockney use their talent to create dog bowls