RESULTS: THE 11th HOUR AUCTION

WORKS BY MANY OF THE WORLD’S PREEMINENT CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK TO BENEFIT THE LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION $ 38.8 MILLION RAISED

New York

WITH 13 WORLD AUCTION RECORDS FOR WORKS OF ART BY

Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Mark Grotjahn, Sergej Jensen, Bharti Kher, Robert Longo, Adam McEwen, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Sterling Ruby and Mark Ryden.

 

100% OF LOTS SOLD

THE MOST IMPORTANT WILDLIFE CHARITY AUCTION EVER STAGED

 

New York – Christie’s and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation are delighted with the outstanding results of the 11th Hour Auction, which totaled $38,827,000 million. The sale included 33 works by today’s most prominent artists, many of which were created specifically for this cause. 13 world auction records were attained and 9 works of art were sold for over one million dollars, with many lots realizing well over their pre-sale estimates. Highlights included Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled, which sold for $6.5million and Zeng Fanzhi’s The Tiger, which fetched $5million. An overwhelming part of the total raised will benefit environmental issues, which the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has worked on since 1998. The sale attracted attention from all over the world, with registrants from 32 countries. A donor contributed $5 million to match the prices realized for the three tiger paintings (Zeng Fanzhi, Robert Longo and Takashi Murakami), in order to protect tigers. The gifts of many other generous donors totaled $500,000, generating an overall amount of $38.8 million.

 

*In addition to the hammer price, the buyer agrees to pay a 5% buyer’s premium together with any applicable value added tax. The buyer’s premium, less any out of pocket expenses incurred by Christie’s, will be donated to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

 

For 15 years the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a component fund of the California Community Foundation, has been raising public awareness about critical environmental issues in order to protect our planet and create a sustainable future. Funds raised will benefit innovative conservation projects that will help guard the last wild places on earth, the endangered species that inhabit them, and the surrounding communities whose welfare depends upon them. Recipients will undergo a rigorous review process by the foundation and a panel of environmental leaders including Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Philippe Cousteau, Dr. Pamela Matson, Dr. Enric Sala Ted Waitt, Rick Ridgeway, Jorgen Thomsen, and Dr. William H. Schlesinger.

 

 

LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION

The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation is dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. Since 1998, the Foundation has been working on pressing environmental and humanitarian issues through grant making, campaigning and media projects. Areas of focus include; wildlife and habitat preservation, healthy oceans, water access, climate change and disaster relief. The Foundation’s strategic approach to philanthropy for a better planet relies upon active collaboration with effective organizations as well as with other funders who share our goals and can magnify our impact. In tandem with LDF’s philanthropic efforts, the foundation uses digital media and Leonardo’s website & social media channels to inform and rally the public on environmental issues.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a component fund of the California Community Foundation. For more information visit www.leonardodicaprio.org

 

CHRISTIE’S   

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2012 that totaled £3.92 billion/$6.27 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.  Private sales totaled £631.3 million/$1 billion in 2012, an increase of 26% on the same period last year.

 

Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the Middle East, with successful sales, exhibitions and initiatives in Moscow, Baku, Beijing, Mumbai, Delhi, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai.

 

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

"Christie's is thrilled with the exceptional results of the sale, which realized $38.8 million, and set 13 new world auction records for artists: Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Mark Grotjahn, Sergej Jensen, Bharti Kher, Robert Longo, Adam McEwen, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton Rob Pruitt, Sterling Ruby and Mark Ryden. The works of art were of incredible quality and range, and highlight the generosity of the many artists who donatedstated Loic Gouzer, International Specialist and head of the sale.

 

"Despite the significant efforts of organizations and individuals all over the world, our modern way of life has caused unprecedented devastation to our oceans, our forests and our wildlife." Leonardo DiCaprio said. "Each of these natural systems is critical to our way of life: they provide us with the food that we eat, the air that we breathe and the natural resources we need to survive. The time to protect them is long overdue. I am very grateful to Christie's, Loic Gouzer, and the artists who contributed great works of art for making this auction possible."

 

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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.