RESULTS: Christie's New York First Open: Summer Edition Totals $5,832,125

New York

First Open: Summer Edition

 New York, 17 July 2013, Sale #3424

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]

201 lots sold

Total: $5,832,125/£3,849,203/€4,432,415

    87% sold by lot

232 lots offered

£0.66= $1 / € 0.76=$1

 95% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



Jack Hamilton Bush (1909-1977), Red Side Right (Right Side Red), oil on canvas, painted in 1965. 


30,000 - 50,000




Canadian Private


Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Head #3, bronze, executed in 1973.

220,000 - 280,000




US Private


Jack Hamilton Bush (1909-1977), Pink and Orange (Pinched Orange), oil on canvas, painted in 1964. 

25,000 - 35,000




Canadian Private


Jack Hamilton Bush (1909-1977), Pink Blossom, oil on canvas, Painted in 1965

30,000 - 40,000





Canadian Private



Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), Untitled , graphite and wax crayon on paper, Drawn in 1944.

80,000 - 120,000




US Trade


Jack Hamilton Bush (1909-1977), January Reds, oil on canvas, Painted in 1966.

30,000 - 50,000




Canadian Private


Mark Di Suvero (b. 1933), Ira's Piece, steel, Executed in 2002

200,000 - 300,000






John McLaughlin (1898-1976), Untitled , oil on board,

Painted in 1953

15,000 - 20,000




European Trade


Kenneth Noland (1924-2010), Tapetum, acrylic on canvas,

Painted in 1970

80,000 - 120,000




US Private


Kenneth Noland(1924-2010), Moving Day, acrylic on canvas, Painted in 1969

40,000 - 60,000




US Private

Saara Pritchard, Associate Specialist, Head of the First Open sale, Post War & Contemporary Art, remarked: “Across the board, the success of this sale was due to the extraordinary range of work on offer, with a particular focus on strong examples by artists underrepresented in the secondary market, including new artist records for Jack Bush, Ronald Davis and Ron Gorchov and exceptional results for Dorothy Dehner and Dan Christensen. Another driving factor in the sale was exceptional provenance—buyers responded enormously to works assembled by visionary collectors and tastemakers who targeted the best examples for their collections. We were particularly pleased with the performance of the four exceptional and rare ‘sash’ paintings that represented Jack Bush in the sale, all of which were met with tremendous enthusiasm, including the sale’s top lot, which sold for over 10x its estimate.”

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Next Sale: London, 25 September 2013, Post-War and Contemporary Art

New York, 26 September 2013, First Open

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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.

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