London, Hong Kong & New York
As part of a new generation of international auction events, our 20th Century series celebrates the biggest names in Impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary art. Fielding bids simultaneously from London, Hong Kong and New York, the three livestreamed evening sales on 23 March totalled £198,716,619 / US$274,825,084 / HK$1,655,333,300.
Beginning in Hong Kong, Basquiat’s landmark WARRIOR sold for £30,265,619, becoming the most valuable western artwork ever sold in Asia. In London, Banksy’s Game Changer soared nearly five times above its high estimate to sell at £16,758,000, with proceeds from the sale benefitting the NHS. Top prices were also achieved for works by Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Jean Fautrier, whose Pièges tripled its high estimate at £4,522,500, setting a new world record for the artist at auction.
Christie’s set new world auction records for the sale of works by rising stars in contemporary art, including Claire Tabouret’s The Last Day at £622,500, Issy Wood’s Over Armour (non-linear, non-violent) at £250,000 and Joy Labinjo’s No Wahala at £150,000 — each realising well above their high estimates.
20th Century season kicked off in New York and London on 1 March with A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud and the Modern British Art Evening Sale achieving a total of £43,702,515 and selling 98% by lot and 100% by value. Sir Winston Churchill’s Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque was the top lot at £8,285,000 — a new world auction record. More than 400,000 people tuned into the livestreamed event through Christie’s website and social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook and WeChat.
The season continues through March with our ongoing online-only sales, First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online, Banksy: I can’t believe you morons actually buy this sh*t and Prints & Multiples — all still open for bidding.
About the lot
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN FAMILY COLLECTION
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE MICHAEL ABRAMS
Christie’s 20th Century Evening sales top £198 million; Banksy’s Game Changer realises £16,758,000; world records for six artists
From his love of textiles to his mastery of colour in his paintings, prints and drawings. Illustrated with works offered at Christie’s
A 360-view of our upcoming auctions in London, showcasing works by some of the most renowned names in Impressionist, modern, post-war and contemporary art
His haunting paintings explore the human subconscious, but Ernst was also a fabulous colourist and a brilliant technician
Eight names you should have on your radar, as selected by Christie’s specialists Tessa Lord, Anna Touzin and Isabel Millar
The masterpiece, which represents the pinnacle of Basquiat’s creative output, is poised to be the most expensive Western artwork ever offered in Asia.
Co-head of the 20th Century Evening Sale Keith Gill discusses two portraits — of Picasso‘s lover Marie-Thérèse and his wife Jacqueline
A primer on the great Belgian Surrealist, featuring works offered at Christie’s London in March
Christie’s invited Rosa de la Cruz, London-based collector and jewellery designer, to share her selection of works from the upcoming sales
Musa Meyer on her father, one of just a handful of artists to make the journey from figuration to abstraction and back again
The story of the only artist to exhibit in all eight Impressionist exhibitions. Illustrated with works offered at Christie’s in London
Hailed as one of the giants of Modernism, the artist who fell in and out of love with painting and coined the term Art Brut
The Spanish artist left an indelible mark on the very idea of art. Illustrated with works offered in The Art of the Surreal
Highlights from The Foundation Mireille and James Lévy, offered in March
Our specialist on his particular passion for modern British art, from Ben Nicholson to Barbara Hepworth
‘A snapshot of the 20th century, encompassing all the great movements of the time’
Beginning in New York this May, Christie’s will shift its approach to presenting the art of the 20th and 21st centuries in anticipation of a new era for the art world. Christie’s will now offer major auctions of ‘20th Century Art’ and ‘21st Century Art’, replacing the ‘Impressionist and Modern Art’ and ‘Post-War and Contemporary Art’ nomenclatures. The new format will underscore the radical nature of the modern masters and their lasting impact on the art being created today; emphasize the electricity and relevance of the art created over the past 40 years; and make room for the new — both physical and digital.
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.
Christie’s commitment to sustainability
For 250 years, Christie’s has helped steward some of humanity’s greatest artistic treasures across generations and cultures. As a leader in our market, we want to build a sustainable art business so that we can play another stewarding role: helping to protect the environment so that great natural beauty can be enjoyed by and inspire future generations.
In March 2021, we announced a global sustainability initiative, guided by three key pillars: commit, communicate and collaborate.