RESULTS: Post-War and Contemporary Art

Post-War and Contemporary Art
South Kensington – Thursday, 16 September 2010
Sale no: 5548 – Top Three
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]






Lots Sold:  132

Lots Offered: 194

Sold by Lot: 68%

Sold by £: 82%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.561  /  €1.197







Estimate (£)


Purchase Price



Damien Hirst (b. 1965)

Untitled (Birthday Card Suite)

Executed in 1999


£217,250 $339,127

European Private


Maria Lassnig (B. 1919)

Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and The Girl)

Painted in 1999


£181,250 $282,931

European Private


Asger Jorn (1914-1973)


Painted in 1957


£181,250 $282,931

European Trade



Comment: Darren Leak, Specialist and Head of Sale said:

“Strong prices were achieved in the Autumn Post-War and Contemporary Art auction at Christie’s South Kensington. A number of very noticeable prices were achieved by female artists, including works by the 91 year old Maria Lassnig (Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and The Girl) - £181,250), Jenny Saville (Mother and Child (After the Leonardo Cartoon) - £157,250), Tracey Emin (But Yea - £39,650) and a first time to auction record of £49,250 for Diana Thater’s video installation Perpetual Motion Two.

We were also pleased to offer the first major work by Joe Bradley at auction, Untitled, which led to competitive bidding and realised £23,750. Further works which performed well included Wintergarden Bench by Donald Judd (£79,250), Untitled (Basel 2 gravitacion) by Eduardo Chillida (£67,250) and Dirk Skrebber’s Killer Wheels 3.0 (£37,250).  

We look forward to Frieze week’s Post-War and Contemporary auction at King Street, and the upcoming season in New York in November. Our next Post-War and Contemporary Art sale at South Kensington will take place in April 2011.


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