September Contemporary Sales

London & Online, 12–26 September

This September, Christie’s London launches the new auction season with three exciting sales of post-war and contemporary art, prints and multiples.

The month begins with First Open, an online-only offering of established and emerging post-war and contemporary artists working across painting, photography, drawing, collage and sculpture. Starting from just £1,000, the auction includes pieces by Tony Cragg, Peter Halley and Louise Bourgeois, as well as Japanese masters Kazuo Shiraga and Yayoi Kusama, complemented by fresh contemporary talent such as Tomma Abts, Elizabeth Neel and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Our second online sale, Contemporary Edition, offers accessibly-priced prints and multiples by post-war greats – Cy Twombly, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Lucio Fontana, to name but a few – alongside works from sought-after contemporary artists. A section within the sale, Etching & The London School: A Homage to Studio Prints, celebrates the printer Marc Balakjian and his close collaboration with artists from the London School namely Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and others.

The Prints & Multiples auction presents a great selection of works spanning from the modern era to present day. Headlined by Girls on the Bridge by Edvard Munch and a fine set of woodcuts by Donald Judd, the sale includes a collection of prints by James Ensor, a fine group of Picasso etchings and linocuts, Pop Art icons by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring, a lithograph triptych by Francis Bacon and recent works by Gerhard Richter, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and STIK.


Highlights

  • Edvard Munch

    The Girls on the Bridge
    Woodcut printed in blue with lithograph in pale green, 1918, on wove paper, signed in pencil
    Block 493 x 428 mm. Sheet 654 x 575 mm.
    Estimate
    £100,000 – 150,000
    Related sale
    Prints & Multiples, 20 September

  • Tony Cragg (B. 1949)

    Level Head
    incised with the artist's initials 'TC' and stamped with the foundry mark 'H.NOACK BERLIN' (lower edge)
    patinated bronze
    35 x 25 1/2 x 22 7/8in. (89 x 65 x 58cm.)
    Executed in 2005, this work is one of four unique versions
    Estimate
    £80,000 – 120,000
    Related sale
    First Open, 12–20 September

  • Banksy (B. 1975)

    Toxic Mary, 2003
    Screenprint in colours, 2003, on wove paper, signed and dated in black ink, numbered 38/50
    Image 657 x 433 mm. Sheet 695 x 497 mm.
    Estimate
    £7,000 – 10,000
    Related sale
    Contemporary Edition, 14–26 September

  • Wolfgang Tillmans (B. 1968)

    Mall of America, Pumpkins
    signed, titled, numbered, inscribed and dated 'Mall of America, pumpkins 08 10 95 pr WT 6 99 5/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans' (on the reverse)
    C-print
    image: 15 1/4 x 10 7/8in. (40 x 27.5cm.)
    sheet: 15 3/4 x 12in. (40 x 30.5cm.)
    Executed in 1995, this work is number five from an edition of ten plus one artist's proof
    Estimate
    £4,000 – 6,000
    Related sale
    First Open, 12–20 September

  • Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)

    Reflections on Girl, from: Reflections Series
    Lithograph, screenprint and relief in colours, with metalized PVC collage and embossing, 1990, on Somerset paper, signed and dated in pencil, numbered AP 14/16, an artist proof aside from the edition of 68
    Image 983 x 1237 mm. Sheet 1146 x 1291 mm.
    Estimate
    £110,000 – 150,000
    Related sale
    Prints & Multiples, 20 September

  • Keith Haring (1958–1990)

    Retrospect, 1989
    Screenprint in colours, 1989, on thick wove paper, signed and dated in pencil,
    numbered 28/75
    Image 1035 x 1950 mm. Sheet 1160 x 2080 mm.
    Estimate
    £120,000 – 180,000
    Related sale
    Prints & Multiples, 20 September

  • Gerhard Richter (B. 1932)

    Val Fex
    signed, titled and dated 'Val Fex Richter, 92' (on the reverse)
    oil on photograph
    3 1/2 x 5in. (9 x 12.7cm.)
    Executed in 1992
    Estimate
    £22,000 – 28,000
    Related sale
    First Open, 12–20 September

  • Peter Halley (B. 1953)

    Mindgame
    acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, pearlescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on two attached canvases
    76 1/2 x 56 7/8 in. (193.5 x 144.5cm.)
    Executed in 2003
    Estimate
    £45,000 – 65,000
    Related sale
    First Open, 12–20 September

  • Donald Judd (1928–1994)

    Untitled, 1988
    The complete set of ten woodcuts, printed in ultramarine blue, 1988, on Okawara paper,
    each signed in pencil and numbered PP 4/4, a proof set aside from the edition of 25
    Sheets 600 x 800 mm. (each)
    Woodcut, 1909, on stiff card, signed and inscribed
    Estimate
    £150,000 – 200,000
    Related sale
    Prints & Multiples, 20 September

  • Banksy (B. 1975)

    Choose your Weapon, 2009
    Screenprint in colours, 2009, on wove paper, signed in turquoise crayon, numbered 14/25
    Image 598 x 598 mm., Sheet 698 x 698 mm.
    Estimate
    £35,000 – 45,000
    Related sale
    Contemporary Edition, 14–26 September

  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938)

    Nackte Tänzerinnen, 1909
    Woodcut, 1909, on stiff card, signed and inscribed
    Block 360 x 555 mm. Sheet 415 x 555 mm.
    Estimate
    £120,000 – 180,000
    Related sale
    Prints & Multiples, 20 September

  • Lucian Freud (1922–2011)

    Kai, 1991–2
    Etching, 1991-2, on Somerset wove paper, initialled in pencil, inscribed Printers Proof 2/2, before the edition of 40
    Plate 696 x 547 mm. Sheet 793 x 630 mm.
    Estimate
    £30,000 – 50,000
    Related sale
    Contemporary Edition, 14–26 September

  • Frank Auerbach (B. 1931)

    Seven Portraits, 1989–90
    The complete set of seven etchings, 1989-90, on Somerset wove paper, each signed in pencil and inscribed B.A.T. bon a tirer impressions before the edition of fifty
    Plate 178 x 148 mm. (each), Sheet 258 x 214 mm. (each)
    Estimate
    £15,000 – 20,000
    Related sale
    Contemporary Edition, 14–26 September


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