Including works from the Collections of Douglas Cramer, Celeste and Armand Bartos, Andy Williams, Donald Young and property from the Estate of Ira Lowe

New York

New York – This season, there is one more reason to return to New York during the early weeks of summer: Christie’s First Open: Summer Edition, a Post-War & Contemporary Art auction on July 17th. The sale will feature the same stunning array of works seen in recent May auctions, but with price points that are accessible to a wide range of collectors. Works featured include Photorealist drawing, contemporary photography, video art, artist books and large-scale abstracts from celebrated artists of the New York school, with many notable lots that derive from four prestigious single-owner collections: Douglas Cramer, Celeste and Armand Bartos, Andy Williams, Donald Young and the estate Ira Lowe, the famed art lawyer whose exceptional Mark di Suvero will be offered in time for the artist’s major open-air SFMOMA exhibition. Ira’s Piece will be di Suvero’s largest work presented at auction in nearly 10 years. First Open: Summer Edition also offers gems handpicked by visionary, top-tier collectors such as Dan Christensen’s magnificent Cellar Door, alongside highlights by Jack Bush, John Newman, Ron Gorchov and Georgio Cavallon. Also featured are exciting contemporary works at affordable prices points by some of the most collectible new artists: James Welling, Justine Kurland and Christian Marclay. The sale will give both new and seasoned buyers an opportunity to diversify their collections, and to follow in the footsteps of individuals whose extraordinary eye for quality anticipated many artists’ rise to fame. Estimates vary from $400 up to $200,000; almost half of the works will be offered at a starting estimate of $5,000 and under, and several works will be offered without reserve.


July 17, 2013 at 10am & 2pm


Thursday, July 11th, 10am-5pm

Friday, July 12th, 10am-5pm

Saturday, July 13th, 10am-5pm

Sunday, July 14th, 1pm-5pm

Monday, July 15th, 10am-5pm

Tuesday, July 16th, 10am-12pm

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