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The Printer's Proof

London, 15 February 2012

The Printer's Proof: Etchings by Lucian Freud from the Studio Prints archive sale realised £1,479,675/$2,326,049/€1,762,293, and was 86% sold by lot and 91% sold by value.

The top lot was Eli, 2002 which fetched £145,250/$228,333/€172,993 against a pre-sale estimate of £50,000-70,000, establishing a world record price for a print by the artist at auction.

Richard Lloyd, Head of Department, commented: “This morning’s highly successful sale was a tribute to Lucian Freud who was not only a painter of immense talent, but also an inspired printmaker. It was likewise a tribute to Marc Balakjian, the master printer who worked with Freud for the last twenty five years and from whose collection the sale came. The auction broke all previous records for Freud’s graphic work, and saw participation from many buyers new to this market. Single-artist sales are a concept in which Christie's leads the field and we look forward to our second such sale, Hockney on Paper, at South Kensington on Friday 17 February.”

  • Sale Location 8 King Street, St. James's, London
  • Auction Times Feb 15   10am
  • Viewing Times King Street
    Feb 11   12pm - 5pm
    Feb 12   12pm - 5pm
    Feb 13   9am - 4:30pm
    Feb 14   9am - 3:30pm
  • Contact Info Richard Lloyd
    rlloyd@christies.com
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7389 2266

    Charlie Scott
    cscott@christies.com
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7389 2261

Hockney on Paper

London, 17 February 2012

The Hockney on Paper sale realized a total of £1,399,400/$2,209,653/€1,680,679, selling 80% by lot and 85% by value. The top lot was Los Angeles which fetched £121,250/$191,454/€145,621 against a pre-sale-estimate of £20,000-30,000.

Richard Lloyd, International Head of Department, and Alexandra Gill, Head of Department commented: “It is a rare pleasure to be able to curate a single-artist sale and we are thrilled with the results of the ‘Hockney on Paper’ auction which followed an exceptionally well-attended view. Strong bidding was received across all channels with several works selling for many times over their pre-sale estimates. The success of the sale is a testimony to both Christie’s skill at organising these landmark sales and David Hockney’s versatility as a draughtsman.”

  • Sale Location 85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington
  • Auction Times Feb 17   11am
  • Viewing Times South Kensington
    Feb 11   11am - 5pm
    Feb 12   11am - 5pm
    Feb 13   9am - 7:30pm
    Feb 14   9am - 5pm
    Feb 15   9am - 5pm
    Feb 16   9am - 5pm
  • Contact Info Richard Lloyd
    rlloyd@christies.com
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7389 2266

    Alexandra Gill
    agill@christies.com
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7752 3109