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  • 5 March 2020

MID-SEASON CONTEMPORARY AUCTIONS TOTAL $ 24,342,500

Contemporary Edition

10am and 2pm | New York | 4 March

 

Sale Total: $2,385,750

Sold by value: 97% | Sold by lot: 93%

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Christie’s Contemporary Edition auction on Wednesday, 4 March achieved the highest ever sale total for Contemporary Edition sales, with a combined total of $2,385,750. The top lot of morning session was Jasper Johns, Figure 5, from Color Numeral Series, which achieved $43,750. The top lot of the afternoon session and sale was Andy Warhol, $ (1): one plate, which realized $87,500. Other exceptional prices were achieved for David Hockney, Sun State I which realized $68,750 and Richard Diebenkorn, Touched Red which achieved $50,000.

 

Post-War to Present

10am and 2pm | New York | 5 March

 

Sale Total: $21,956,750

Sold by value: 87% | Sold by lot: 84%

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Christie’s Post-War to Present auction on Thursday, 5 March totaled $21,956,750, selling 87% by value and 84% by lot. The top lot of the sale was Robert Indiana’s, LOVE, which realized $1,335,000. Exceptional prices were also achieved by Kenny Scharf, LOVE, which realized $525,000 against a high estimate of $50,000 and set a new auction record for the artist and Charles White’s, Brother John Sellers, which achieved $187,500.

The sale saw very strong results for female artists, including the second top prices for Alma Thomas with Flash of Spring, which realized $819,000, (following her top price set at Christie’s in November 2019) and Mary Bauermeister with Peng-Cil, which sold for $162,500, more than doubling its high estimate. Works by Julie Curtiss, Nina Chanel Abney and Shara Hughes also surpassed their high estimates. 

The group of Artwork To Benefit BOMB Magazine's Endowment Fund was 100% sold, as was the selection from the The Collection of Richard L. Weisman that was included in the sale, continuing the collection’s ongoing success at Christie’s.

 

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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