The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sales totaled $90.7 million selling 79% by lot and 89% by value, bringing together an array of museum-quality works that showcase six decades of beauty, innovation and creativity. The interest was international including strong bidderson Christie’s live, with 197 online registrants and a the lot 170, sold at $605,000 (David Park’s The Concert).
Saara Pritchard, Head of Afternoon sale declared: Showcasing works from the 1960s to the present day, the Afternoon sale totaled $35,580,375 with 89% sold by value. Exemplary and rare vintage works by Richard Tuttle and Vija Celmins sold well beyond their pre-sale high estimates. Strong results for minimalist works and artists of the Pictures generation, including Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, were supported by international and American buyers. In particular, there was an overwhelming response to works by young artists such as Tauba Auerbach, Oscar Murillo and R.H. Quaytman, which were sold at very high prices with world records set for Tauba Auerbach at $1,025,000, Mickalene Thomas at $100,000 and R.H. Quaytman at $93,750. The sale also featured a great selection of fresh-to-market, artist-donated works to benefit ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), which totaled $520,500, with a record price for a work by Ryan Sullivan sold at auction for $185,000.