The Post-War and Contemporary Morning Session realized $64,364,125 / £41,836,681 / €50,204,018, selling 79% by lot and 81% by value.
Jennifer Yum, specialist and head of the Morning sale noted, “With a total of $63.6 million, the Post -War and Contemporary Art Morning session sold 14 works above $1 million. Important works of prestigious provenance were represented, including Kenneth Noland’s chromatic Untitled, (lot 213) from the estate of Andy Williams that sold for $1,971,750, five times its pre-sale estimate, and Cathedral by Bob Thompson (lot 214) realized a world auction for the artist at $327,750. A Robert Mangold (lot 116) from the Celeste and Armand Bartos Collection that was estimated at $150,000-200,000 achieved a strong result of $531,750. The sale offered the chance to discover interesting early works by Roy Lichtenstein from the collection of his longtime friends, the Solotorovsky family. All of the works from the family’s collection (lots 136 – 139) doubled their presale estimates. Also featured was an incredibly strong grouping of California painters, such as Bay Area native Richard Diebenkorn’s quiet Still Life (lot 206) that sold for $783,750 and West Coast Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings. All of Thiebaud’s twelve works sold above their presale estimates, while one standout landscape fetched the top price of the sale. The colorful Yayoi Kusama’s Statue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets (lot 281) was acquired by a US institution for $783,750.”