(from left to right) HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954), Jazz, Tériade, Paris, 1947, the complete set of 20 ponchoirs in colors, $300,000-500,000. ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987), Myths, the complete set of ten screenprints in colors, 1981, $450,000-650,000. DAVID HOCKNEY (B.1937), Afternoon Swimming, lithograph in colors, 1979, $60,000-80,000.
New York – Christie’s is pleased to announce the three-day sale of Prints and Multiples taking place over four sessions on October 23-25. This sale includes over 350 lots spanning the 20th to 21st centuries and includes modern works by Marcel Duchamp, Edvard Munch, and Henri Matisse—to Post-War and Contemporary editions by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and David Hockney among others. This auction features several notable private collections including The Collection of Brad Gray, The Estate of Jacqueline Miller Matisse, The Collection of Joan A. Mendell and the Elton John Aids Foundation.
The sale is led by a complete set of Andy Warhol’s (1928-1987) Myths (estimate: $450,000-650,000). This set of ten screenprints from 1981 features some of Warhol’s most sought after late iconography with portraits of mythical figures such as Santa Claus, Superman and Mickey Mouse. Other Post-War and contemporary editions include Roy Lichtenstein’s (1923-1997) Reflection on Girl, from Reflections (estimate: $150,000-200,000) Cy Twombly’s Untitled from On the Bowery (estimate: $80,000 – 120,000) and David Hockney’s Afternoon Swimming ($60,000 – 80,000).
A highlight in modern session is Marcel Duchamp’s (1887-1968) De ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy (La boîte en valise, series F) from The Estate of Jaquelyn Miller Matisse (estimate: $400,000-600,000). La boîte or Duchamp’s ‘Portable Museum’ was a portable kunstkabinett of ‘approximately all the things I produced’ that preoccupied Duchamp for much of the 1930s. The original boîte consisted of sixty-eight miniature replicas of his most recent works. This set contains 80 replicas and reproductions in the original box with provenance tracing back to the artist himself.
Additional modern highlights include Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) Torse de femme (L'Egyptienne) (estimate: $100,000-150,000), an aquatint portrait of Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s lover and muse from 1943-1953 and a complete set of Henri Matisse’s late masterwork Jazz (estimate: $300,000 – 500,000), a complete set of 20 pochoirs in colors from 1947. This particular example is signed and dedicated by the artist to Alexina (Teeny) Duchamp.
The last lot in the sale is Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy a generative Adversarial Network (GAN) print produced by Obvious, an artistic collective based in Paris, using artificial intelligence. For more information on this work read Is artificial intelligence set to become art’s next medium?
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in the first half of 2018 that totalled £2.97 billion / $4.04 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 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 & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.