Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale realized $301,683,630 (£184,026,630/€211,178,100), exhibiting a thriving and healthy market for art, in which buyers fiercely competed for works of utmost quality, provenance and beauty.
Brett Gorvy, Christie’s International Co-Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Deputy Chairman comments on the Evening sale: "The extraordinary results exemplify the market’s vigor for top-quality works of art. Christie’s remains the Warhol leader, with $90,988,000 in Warhol sales in this auction alone; including the establishment of a brilliant new world record for a portrait by the Pop master for his seminal 1963-1964 Self-Portrait, which achieved $38,442,500. A total of seven new world auction records were established, including those for Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly and cutting-edge contemporary artist, Urs Fischer, whose Untitled (Lamp/Bear), realized $6,802,500 – six times the artist's previous world auction record. The sale results reflects Christie’s mission to distinguish itself in offering buyers major objects with fair estimates, underscored by a superior responsibility to the works of art themselves."
The Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session sale features more than 150 works spanning from roughly 1940 to 1970. The sale includes supreme examples of works by Abstract Expressionist masters, such as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, to classic Pop works by Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. The sale also features works by Richard Pousette-Dart, Helen Frankenthaler, Jean Dubuffet, and Josef Albers. Christie’s is also pleased to present an exceptional group of jewelry by Alexander Calder.
The Post-War & Contemporary Afternoon Sale features significant artworks made by leading contemporary artists from the 1960s through today. The sale includes compelling works by artists such as Robert Smithson, Carl Andre, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Anselm Kiefer, Kerry James Marshall and Yoshitomo Nara. This season Christie’s is pleased to present a group of exceptional examples of Pop Art coming from an Important Private European Collection. Spanning the second half of the twentieth century, this collection includes singular works by Tom Wesselmann, Robert Indiana, Damien Hirst, Mark Tansey and Takashi Murakami.