NEW YORK SPRING AUCTION WEEK EXCEEDS $1 BILLION

Christie’s 20th Century Week achieved a total of $1,072,596,250, highlighted by 17 artist world auction records in the Impressionist and Modern Art and Post-War and Contemporary Art sales, including the world record price for a living artist with the sale of Rabbit  by Jeff Koons for $91,075,000.

Global clients participated in two Evening Sales, four Day Sale sessions and one online-only sale of Picasso Ceramics, while 16,000 visitors attended the exhibition at Christie’s New York galleries.

This season, Christie’s sales featured significant artworks from important private American collections, creating singular collecting opportunities for masterpieces not seen on the market in decades. The exceptional quality drove global client interest with significant activity from American and Asian buyers throughout the sales. On Monday, Paul Cézanne’s Bouilloire et fruits realized $59,295,000 as the top lot of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale and was purchased by an Asian buyer. On Wednesday, multiple bidders chased Jeff Koons’s Rabbit  to $91,075,000, setting a new auction record price for any living artist.

Concurrent sales at Christie’s Geneva this week totaled an additional CHF 77,203,607 ($77,203,607 / € 67,939,174) with a combined sell-through rate of 89%.

Christie’s sales continue in Hong Kong from 24-29 May including the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 25 May.

For more, see our detailed reports on the Impressionist and Modern Art sales, and the Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions.



Special features



Highlights

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Course de taureaux, 1900
    Estimate
    $3,500,000-5,500,000
    Related Sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, New York, 13 May

    © 2019 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920)

    Lunia Czechowska (à la robe noire), 1919
    Estimate
    $12,000,000-18,000,000
    Related Sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, New York, 13 May

  • Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964)

    Natura morta, 1941.
    Estimate
    $2,000,000–3,000,000
    Related Sale
    Newhouse: Masterpieces from the Collection of S.I. Newhouse. Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, New York, 15 May

    © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome

  • Jeff Koons (b. 1955)

    Rabbit, 1986.
    This work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.
    Estimate
    $50,000,000–70,000,000
    Related Sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, New York, 15 May

    © Jeff Koons

  • Lucian Freud (1922–2011)

    Painter’s Garden, 2003
    Estimate
    $4,000,000–6,000,000
    Related Sale
    Newhouse: Masterpieces from the Collection of S.I. Newhouse. Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, New York, 15 May

    © Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

  • Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

    Bouilloire et fruits, 1888-1890.
    Oil on canvas.
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related Sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, New York, 13 May

  • Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

    Arbres dans le jardin de l’asile, 1889.
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related Sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, New York, 13 May

  • Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)

    Buffalo II, 1964
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    The Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Family Collection. Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, New York, 15 May

    © 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)

    Kiss III, 1962
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    The Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Family Collection. Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, New York, 15 May

    © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

  • Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

    Liz [Early Colored Liz], 1963
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    The Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Family Collection. Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, New York, May 15

    © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Special publications

Highlights from our 20th Century Week

Explore this season's catalogues featuring collections and masterpieces from our Post-War & Contemporary and Impressionist & Modern sales


Christie’s Talks

Sunday, 12 May 2019
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020


  • 1:30pm

    Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence

    An extraordinary collection of royal jewelry and jeweled objects. Hosted and lectured by William Robinson, International Director, World Art and Angelina Chen, Senior Specialist, Jewelry


  • 2:30pm

    Confronting the World: Reading Rauschenberg


    Panel discussion featuring:

    Sara Friedlander, International Director, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Branden W. Joseph, Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Columbia University, David White, Senior Curator, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

    Hosted by Marc Porter, Chairman, Americas


  • 4pm

    Life of David Hockney


    A conversation with Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art Europe and Catherine Cusset, author of Life of David Hockney: A Novel Followed by a book signing Hosted by Guillaume Cerutti, CEO


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