RESULTS: Post-War and Contemporary Afternoon Session

New York

188 lots sold

Total: $40,403,275/£26,460,105/€31,369,103

   76% sold by lot

248 lots offered

£0.66= $1 / € 0.78=$1

88% sold by value

Lot

Description

Estimate ($)

Price Realized

Buyer

450

Christopher Wool, Untitled (S171), enamel on canvas, painted in 2004. 

700,000 - 900,000

$1,383,750

£906217.875

€1,074,344

Asian Private

453

Christopher Wool, Untitled, alkyd on paper, executed in 1994.

WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR A WORK ON PAPER BY THE ARTIST SOLD AT AUCTION

300,000 - 400,000

$1,203,750

£788,336

€934,592

US Trade

443

El Anatsui, Another Plot, aluminum and copper wire, executed in 2007. 

WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR THE ARTIST AT AUCTION

600,000 - 800,000

$1,179,750

£772,618

€915,958

US Trade

454

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ragazzo, painted tissue paper on, polished stainless steel, executed in 1965. 

400,000 - 600,000

$1,143,750

£749,042

€888,008

US Trade

455

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, stainless steel, executed in 2006. 

700,000 - 1,000,000

$1,113,750

£729,399

€864,716

European Private

518

Sean Scully, Wall of Light Frieze, oil on canvas, painted in 2000.

600,000 - 800,000

$1,083,750

£709,748

€841,424

Anonymous

451

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, acrylic, oil and oilstick on wood panel, painted in 1981.

1,200,000 - 1,800,000

$999,750

£654,736

€776,206

European Trade

490

John Currin, Girl in Bed, oil on linen, painted in 1993. 

800,000 - 1,200,000

$993,750

£650,807

€771,548

Asian Trade

441

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, aquatint, dry-point, photogravure, executed in 2004-2005. 

WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR THE ARTIST AT AUCTION

250,000 - 350,000

$987,750

£646,878

€766,889

US Trade

426

Wade Guyton, Untitled, Epson Ultrachrome Inkjet on canvas, executed in 2010. 

300,000 - 500,000

$939,750

£615,442

€729,622

European Private

             

 

Sara Friedlander, Head of the Afternoon Sale: “The May 16th  afternoon sale featured works from the most important artists working today: Wade Guyton, Mark Bradford, Nate Lowman, Mark Tansey, Adam McEwen and Albert Oehlen, all sold above their estimate. Six world auction records were achieved,  for  Ellen Gallagher, (lot 441) at $987,750, El Anatsui, (lot 443) at $1,179,750, Michaël Borremans, (lot 512) at $603,750, Theaster Gates, (lot 524) at $99,750, Jaume Plensa, (lot 591) at $447,750 and Ken Price (lot 502) at $315,750. Christopher Wool’s Untitled, (lot 453) was sold for $1,203,750, doubling the previous world auction record for a work on paper by the artist.  Leading the sale was a selection of works from the Collection of Donald Young, most of which were acquired directly from the artist. The sale was also led by an outstanding section of works donated by artists, dealers and private collectors to benefit Human Rights Watch, a human rights advocacy organization. This section totaled $919,750 (lots 578-591)

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Next Sale: Paris, 5 June 2013, Art Contemporain

London, 25 June 2013, Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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