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  • 15 September 2021

POST-WAR TO PRESENT

Including first NFT work at a leading auction house to take live bidding in Ether

HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011)
Warming the Wires
acrylic on canvas
84 x 114 in.
Painted in 1976.
$1,500,000-2,000,000

New York – On October 1, Christie’s Post-War to Present auction will offer over 200 works spanning the Post-War era to the most celebrated contemporary artists today.

Starting the sale will be Art Blocks Curated, Full Sets 1, 2 and 3 – 31 Projects, assembled by the Canadian collector Barcella, and Curio Cards, Full set of 30 cards plus 17b, a set of 31 NFTs considered to be some of the oldest artworks on the Ethereum blockchain. In a first for any leading auction house, the live bidding for Art Blocks Curated: Sets 1-3 will take place in Ether (ETH).

The top lot of the sale is Helen Frankenthaler’s Warming the Wires ($1,500,000-2,000,000), alongside a strong selection of works by female Abstract Expressionists including Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning and Grace Hartigan.

A spectacular group of works by Wayne Thiebaud from the Collection of the Frances Hamilton White Trust will also highlight the sale. Frances collected widely, often buying directly from the artists’ studio, as in the case of the Thiebauds in her collection.

Also on offer is a seminal grouping of works by Charles White and Ernie Barnes from the collection of Hollywood producer Danny Arnold. Between Arnold and his wife Donna’s own cultural contributions and their personal friendships with both Charles White and Ernie Barnes, the Arnold family’s collection is rooted in a fascinating history of collecting and connoisseurship.

Bearing a dynamic selection, the sale will present a thoughtful offering of cross-category works that span the finest examples of contemporary art, NFTs, alongside design, such as Franz West’s Onkel Stuhl (Uncle Chair) [Ten Works]. The curated selection will unite the artists of the mid-twentieth century with their counterparts today in a seamless, thrilling dialogue that promises to deliver quality works for burgeoning and seasoned collectors alike.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.