This season’s sale features a number of spectacular contemporary lots by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Grotjahn, Christopher Wool, and George Condo.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled, 1981, which has been in the same private collection for almost two decades, is regarded as one of the artist’s ultimate masterpieces from the beginning of his career. The colorful and dynamic work has been featured prominently in every major Basquiat retrospective, including the recent survey at the Beyeler Foundation and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Untitled, 1981, is poised to break the current world auction record price of $20.1 million achieved for the artist in June at Christie’s London.
Christie’s is proud to offer multiple Richter works this November, including the vibrant Prag 1883 and Abstraktes Bild (779-2). A dazzling and monumental work, Prag 1883 celebrates the centenary and birthplace of famed author Franz Kafka and is from the prestigious collection of Steven A. Cohen, one of the world’s leading collectors of modern and contemporary art. Rendered in a vibrant palette, Abstraktes Bild (779-2), is a visually arresting masterpiece by Gerhard Richter dating from his finest period of 1990s abstraction.
We are also excited to be offering Tulips, a major work of outdoor sculpture by Jeff Koons, whose colorful forms will grace the plaza at our Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York in the two-weeks leading-up to our Evening Sale. Inspired by flowers that are known to symbolize Spring, rebirth, love and passion, Koons transforms this universally appealing source, referenced throughout the history of art, into a monumental sculpture that is both formally sophisticated and technically dazzling.