After the day of the auction, Heritage Auctions offered the public an 8 day window to make an offer to buy this piece ... but looks like no one took the plunge. It's gone unsold.
I still love this piece ... and am surprised no one bought it. If I had $70,000 floating around my bank account I'm sure I would have snapped it up :-)
Unfortunately my means are far more modest than that. If anyone does buy it I would love to know who ends up with it, as I've mentioned already, I have the pencil drawing for this work.
My aspiration is to one day reunite the drawing with the canvas piece ... one day :-)