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  • 10 March 2022

Christie's Post-War to Present Totals $26,117,178: 96% Sold By Lot | 139% Hammer Above Low Estimate | 12 Artist Records Set

ED RUSCHA (B. 1937)
Kids
acrylic and oil on canvas
Painted in 1987-1988.
Price realized: $2,580,000

NEW YORK – Christie’s Post-War to Present sale totaled $26,117,178, with 96% sold by lot and 139% hammer above low estimate. The sale attracted global participation with bidders from 32 countries and achieved 12 new artist records.

The top lot of the sale was Ed Ruscha, Kids, a superb example from Ruscha’s City Lights series, which achieved $2,580,000. Additional top lots from the sale were Jeff Koons, Travel Bar, and Lynne Drexler, Flowered Hundred, both sold for $1,197,000.

The sale achieved strong results and achieved new artist records for female abstract artists, including: Lynne Drexler, Lee Bontecou on paper, Anne Truitt on paper, Louise Fishman, Deborah Remington and others. Other notable results were achieved for lots from several important private collections being sold to benefit charitable initiatives, including: Property sold to benefit the Cleveland Clinic and Property to benefit the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

 

 

RECORDS

Lynne Drexler, Flowered Hundred, sold for $1,197,000 – ARTIST RECORD
Louise Fishman, Burnt Bridges, sold for $201,600 – ARTIST RECORD
Deborah Remington, Gallatin, sold for $52,920 – ARTIST RECORD
Ruth Abrams, Cluster, sold for $11,970 – ARTIST RECORD
Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Jump 1, sold for $9,450 – ARTIST RECORD
Rachel Harrison, The Nineties, sold for $88,200 – ARTIST RECORD
Oluwole Omofemi, Invader, sold for $189,000 – ARTIST RECORD

Michele D’Ermo, Alabaster Waves II, sold for $21,420 – ARTIST RECORD
Marcus Jansen, MMXX, sold for $107,100 – ARTIST RECORD
Lee Bontecou, Untitled, sold for $718,200 – ARTIST RECORD FOR A WORK ON PAPER
Anne Truitt, Truitt ’91, sold for $103,320 – ARTIST RECORD FOR A WORK ON PAPER
Perle Fine, Transcience, sold for $16,380 – ARTIST RECORD FOR A WORK ON PAPER

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. Christie’s has sold 8 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history, including the Paul G. Allen Collection—the most valuable collection ever offered at auction (November 2022). In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) 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 use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and 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.

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