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  • 17 July 2019

RESULTS: Post-War and Contemporary Art Summer Online-Only Sales

(left to right) FRANK STELLA (B. 1936), Pergusa Three, State I, from Circuts, woodcut and relief in colors, 1983, Price Realized: $81,250.; ED RUSCHA (B. 1937), The End #8, acrylic on paper, Painted in 1993, Price Realized: $300,000.

Contemporary Edition Online |

9 July – 16 July

Sale Total: $1,714,625 | £1,371,700 |    €1,521,215

The online-only sale included over 140 striking prints and multiples from the world’s leading Post-War and Contemporary artists. The top lot of the sale was Frank Stella’s Pergusa Three, State I, from Circuits with a final total of $81,250.

Other highlights included Robert Longo’s Men in the Cities: two prints, which realized $75,000 and Cy Twombly’s Natural History Part II, which realized $62,500. Additionally, this Christie's sale marked the auction debut of Nina Chanel Abney and Toyin Odutola with both achieving great success.

Please see the full sale results here.


First Open Online | 9 July – 17 July

Sale Total: $4,641,125 | £3,745,864 |    €4,135,433 

The online-only sale brought together paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculpture in the Post-War and Contemporary category.

The top lot was Ed Ruscha’s The End #8 with a final total of $300,000. Other highlights included Sam Francis’ Untitled, which achieved $250,000, Hans Hofmann’s Bacchus, which achieved $118,750, and Thomas Downing’s Grid Six Saranac, which achieved $106,250.

Please see the full sale results here.


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