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  • 27 September 2019

RESULTS: Post-War and Contemporary Art September Sales at Christie's New York

(left to right) Joan Mitchell, Violet Cypress, 1964, oil on canvas, Sold for: $1,575,000; Ed Ruscha, Wavy Robot, 1975 Gunpowder on paper. Sold for: $1,203,000

 Thirtyfive Works by Ed Ruscha | 27 September 2019

Auction Total: $7,516,500 / £6,101,055 / €6,881,990

100% Sold by Value / 100% Sold by Lot

Thirtyfive Works by Ed Ruscha – the first grouping offered from the Clarke Collection, a trove of convention-defying works amassed by the renowned architect Fred Clarke and his wife Laura Weir Clarke – totaled $7,516,500 selling 100% by both lot and value. The top lot of the sale was Ed Ruscha’s Wavy Robot, which doubled its estimate when it sold for $1,203,000.  

Full results can be viewed here

Further property from the Clarke Collection will be offered at Christie’s New York this fall.

Post-War to Present | 27 September 2019

Auction Total: $23,244,875 / £18,867,593 / €21,282,645

85% Sold by Value / 76% Sold by Lot

Post-War to Present realized $23,244,875, selling 85% by value and 76% by lot. The top lot of the sale was Joan Mitchell’s Violet Cypress, 1964, which realized $1,574,000. A strong result was also achieved by Yoshitomo Nara, Fuck!, 1999, which exceeded its estimate upon achieving $879,000.

Full results can be viewed here.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in 2019 that totalled £4.5 billion / $5.8 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.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*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.