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  • 4 October 2019

RESULTS | Christie's Contemporary Art Evening Achieves £89,077,125 / $109,832,095 / €99,944,534


 CHRISTIE’S CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING ACHIEVES £89,077,125 / $109,832,095 / €99,944,534

Sold by Lot: 90% | Sold by Value: 96%


 CHRISTIE’S RUNNING TOTAL FOR FRIEZE WEEK £112,090,375 / $138,069,353 / €125,857,454

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction totalled

£64,507,125 / $79,537,285 / €72,376,994

Sold by lot: 87% and Sold by value: 95%

The top lot of the auction was Jean-Michel Basquiat, Four Big, which realised £8,605,250

Quality of collections continue with record-setting Matthys-Colle Collection, together with Selected Works from the UniCredit Group:

Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild, £7,016,250

Gerhard Richter, Wiese (Meadow), £3,371,250

Carl Andre, Copper-Steel Alloy Square, £2,411,250 (Artist Record)

Roman Opałka, 1965/1-∞ Detail 1330516 - 1348651, £791,250 (Record in the Medium)

Robert Mangold, Triangle within a Circle, £731,250

Gerhard Richter, 7.3.86, £1,067,250

Spirited bidding for works that have remained in private collections for five decades:

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 146 x 114 cm, 6 mars 1960, £5,484,000

Sigmar Polke, Alpenveilchen/Flowers, £5,654,250

Gerhard Richter, Brautpaar (blau) (Bride and Groom (blue)), £3,131,250


Record prices achieved with depth of bidding for fresh to market works:

Tschabalala Self, Sapphire, £395,250

Loie Hollowell, Lady in Green, £359,250

Thomas Bayrle, Tassenfrau (Milchkaffee) (Cup Woman (Milk Coffee)), £237,500

Thornton Dial, Trophies (Doll Factory), £225,000

Bob Law, Watercolour V, £81,250


Record in the medium achieved for:

Nicolas Party, Party, £200,000

Thinking Italian totalled £24,570,000 / $30,294,810 / €27,567,540

Sold by lot: 94% and Sold by value: 98%

The top lot of the auction was Alberto Burri, Sacco, £4,576,000

Great results representing pioneering artists across movements and throughout the 20th century:

Lucio Fontana [Concetto spaziale], which realised £3,724,750

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, Attesa, £1,931,250

Giovanni Anselmo, Torsione, £1,811,250

Giorgio Morandi, Natura morta, £935,250

Salvatore Scarpitta, In tolda, £911,250

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, £851,250

Giorgio Morandi, Fiori, £791,250

Emilio Vedova, Dal Ciclo della Natura N. 6, £623,250

Mimmo Rotella, Invitiamo il Papa, £287,250

Cristian Albu and Katharine Arnold, Co-Heads, Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe: “Our London galleries have been host to the international collecting community during Frieze Week, which launched with The Jeremy Lancaster Collection. This evening’s contemporary art auctions saw strong results, with painting through the 20th and 21st centuries drawing spirited bidding from our global client base. The response we witnessed for contemporary artists and paintings that have remained in the same collection for decades emphasises the appetite for fresh material and exceptional provenance. It’s particularly pleasing to see records for Carl Andre and Roman Opalka, and for artists who are new to our evening auction and have recently had critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Thornton Dial, Loie Hollowell and Thomas Bayrle.”

For further commentary and auction insights from the post-sale Press Conference please click HERE and read our online report HERE.

Auctions continue on 5 October 2019, with the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction.

*Artist Records:

Carl Andre, Copper-Steel Alloy Square, £2,411,250

Tschabalala Self, Sapphire, £395,250

Loie Hollowell, Lady in Green, £359,250

Thomas Bayrle, Tassenfrau (Milchkaffee) (Cup Woman (Milk Coffee)), £237,500

Thornton Dial, Trophies (Doll Factory), £225,000

Bob Law, Watercolour V, £81,250

*Record in the Medium:

Roman Opałka,1965/1-∞ Detail 1330516 - 1348651, £791,250

Nicolas Party, Party, £200,000

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