6–8 October 2020
Christie’s October 20th Century Season — an innovative addition to the global sales calendar this year — launched with the 20th Century Evening Sale, live-streamed from Rockefeller Center in New York. It realised $340,851,500 / £262,597,458 / €288,594,606 (including buyer’s premium), selling 96 per cent by value and 84 per cent by lot. Day sales of Post-War and Contemporary art and Impressionist and Modern art followed on 7 and 8 October, achieving $36,484,250 / £28,304,306 / €31,021,519 and $9,694,125 / £7,503,193 / €8,223,499 respectively (including buyer’s premium).
Demonstrating continued demand for both masterpiece and core-level works of art, some 280,000 people tuned into the highly anticipated Evening Sale through Christie’s website and social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook and WeChat. The sale also registered bidders from across the world via Christie’s LIVE online bidding platform, with a broadening demographic of bidders under the age of 40.
Pre-Sale Conversation with Jeffery Deitch, Melanie Gerlis and Marc Porter
6 October, 6:30pm EDT | Live Stream
Before the auction you can tune into a conversation through christies.com, commencing at 6:30pm EDT, between gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, Melanie Gerlis of the Financial Times and Marc Porter, Chairman, Christie’s Americas.
Visit the christies.com homepage or check back here on Tuesday, 6 October to join the live discussion.
20th Century Evening Sale
6 October, 7pm EDT | Live Stream
Experience the thrill and excitement of our new hybrid-style auction featuring both post-war and contemporary art and Impressionist and modern art.
Visit the christies.com homepage or check back here on Tuesday, 6 October to watch The Evening Sale live event.
360 view | 20th Century New York
From Cézanne to Jackson Pollock, explore the 20th Century New York auctions in our virtual galleries or make an appointment to visit us in Rockefeller Center from 1–6 October.
From our walls to yours in Augmented Reality
For your enhanced viewing this season, we invite you to explore artworks from our 20th Century New York auctions in augmented reality. From the palm of your hand, you can envision works by Pollock, Basquiat, Picasso, Cézanne and more in the context of your own home. The cutting-edge technology provides an immersive visual experience and a hyper-real view of every brushstroke and intimate detail of masterpieces offered in our sale.
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Three-day October season of Impressionist, Modern and Post-War and Contemporary art sales achieves $387,242,500
The team who brought in the art for the New York Evening sale on October 6 explain why it will be an auction like nothing that has gone before
In 1969 Cy Twombly made the ‘Bolsena’ series, inspired by the Apollo 11 space mission. One of these cryptic masterpieces is offered in New York on 6 October
‘The greatest Cézanne watercolour to be offered in decades’ — from the collection of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
From graffiti renegade to Warhol protégé and New York Times cover star, the story of a 20th-century icon
A powerful work from de Kooning’s controversial ‘Woman’ series is offered in the 20th Century Evening Sale on 6 October in New York
One of the founders and principal exponents of Abstract Expressionism, Robert Motherwell was also one of its most articulate spokesmen. Illustrated with works offered from the Dedalus Foundation
Highlights from our live auction, offered in New York on 7 October
Highlights from our Post–War and Contemporary Art auctions, 6 October
About the lot
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
Property from an Important European Collection
A New York State of Mind: An Important Private Collection
Property from the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
20th Century: London to Paris
Prints and Multiples
The T. Boone Pickens Collection
A guide to bidding online or by telephone with Christie’s
All of Christie’s auctions are fully accessible for online browsing and bidding, meaning you can easily place a bid from the comfort of your home through Christie’s LIVE™, or alternatively by telephone. In 2019, over half of all bids placed were online, and for live auctions, telephone bids made up 41 per cent of winning bids versus 18 per cent within the saleroom — so you’re in good company.