New York

First Open

Of Post War and Contemporary Art

 New York, 26-27 September 2013, Sale #2727

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]

281 lots sold

Total: $13,666,875/£8,473,463/€10,113,488

    70% sold by lot

399 lots offered

£0.62= $1 / € 0.74=$1

84% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



Andreas Gursky (b. 1955)

Pyongyang II, chromogenic coupler print face-mounted to Plexiglas in artist's frame, in two parts, executed in 2007.

800,000 - 1,200,000


£ 597525


European Private


Tauba Auerbach (b. 1981)

Untitled FOLD XVIII, canvas, painted in 2010.

250,000 - 350,000




American Private


Alfred Jensen (1903-1981)

Heaven; Per I and II, diptych--oil on canvas, painted in 1971.


100,000 - 150,000




European Trade


Alexander Calder (1898-1976) 
Starfish, bronze, executed in 1944. 

100,000 - 150,000




American Institution


Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932)

Down in the Valley, oil on board, painted in 1985-1988.

200,000 - 300,000




European Private


Keith Haring (1958-1990) 
Untitled, ink on paper, drawn in 1982. 

80,000 - 120,000




European Private


Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) 

Keeping the Culture, oil on board, painted in 2010. 

150,000 - 200,000




American Trade


Alexander Calder (1898-1976) 
Untitled (Necklace), silver wire and cord, executed circa 1940. 

200,000 - 300,000




European Trade


Barry Flanagan (1941-2009) 
Acrobats, bronze, executed in 2004. 

120,000 - 180,000


£ 158565


European Trade


Barnaby Furnas (b. 1973) 
Hamburger Hill, graphite and urethane on canvas, painted in 2002. 

200,000 - 300,000




American Private



      Saara Pritchard, specialist, Head of First Open sale :

This is the highest total ever achieved for a First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s in New York. With many works sold above their pre-sale estimates, we are very pleased with the results of the two-day sale, demonstrating the incredible depth and quality of works on offer that attracted top buyers and new collectors from all over the world. Bidders fought hard for signature works by rising stars including Tauba Auerbach and Oscar Murillo as well as rare vintage and exceptional examples by Alfred Jensen, Alexander Calder and Howard Hodgkin. We look forward to the continued momentum of the sale in the First Open: New Media Online sale platform, with cutting-edge video and photographic works on offer which will end on Friday October 4th

PRESS CONTACT: Capucine Milliot  | +1 212 641 5078|

Next Sale: London, When Britain Went Pop! - The Early Years, 17 October

London, Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, 18 October

New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 12 November

Please click here to view the full international schedule of upcoming sales from the Post-War & Contemporary Art department at Christie’s.

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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