Lot 102

Spirit of Mercedes (The First Century) by Stanley Wanlass, 1985


$24,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida




Stanley Wanlass
Bronze with painted highlights by the artist; mounted on a walnut base
Inscribed “Wanlass ‘85” and numbered 27/30
Executed in 1985
Length: 27 in.

Carl Benz, seated alongside a passenger, is guided down the road by his daughter Mercedes, who lights the way with a burning torch held over the single front wheel. The sculpture, created in 1985, celebrates the centennial of Benz’s historic Patent-Motorwagen from 1886. Of the 30 examples made, this is number 27.