Frieze Week at Christie’s

London, 1–5 October

This October, Christie’s celebrates Frieze Week in London with four auctions of exceptional work from across the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction features major pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Pierre Soulages, Sigmar Polke, Yves Klein, Antony Gormley and Adrian Ghenie, while also introducing some newer names to the sale, such as Thomas Bayrle and Frank Bowling. Thinking Italian, the only sale exclusively dedicated to 20th-century Italian art at any auction house, spotlights superb works by Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri and Salvatore Scarpitta, amongst others.

The Day Auction includes Andreas Gursky’s monumental rave crowdscape, May Day III, alongside a rich variety of works from the likes of Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Nam June Paik, Cy Twombly, Georg Baselitz and Edmund de Waal.

Two outstanding private collections add extra colour to Frieze Week. Sold across both the Evening and Day Auctions, The Matthys-Colle Collection is among Europe’s most important and influential private collections of 20th-century art, with works ranging across Nouveau Réalisme and arte povera to surrealism and American minimalism.

The dedicated auction of The Jeremy Lancaster Collection is a chorus of vivid colour, radical form and brilliant innovation in post-war British painting, complemented by a stellar selection of European and American works. At the heart of the collection is a group of paintings by Howard Hodgkin, alongside works by Frank Auerbach, Philip Guston and Bridget Riley.

Explore the auctions in person at our King Street Galleries from 25 September.

Highlights

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988)

    Four Big, 1982
    Estimate
    £7,500,000-9,500,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 4 October

    © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019

  • Harold Ancart (b. 1980)

    Untitled, 2015
    Estimate
    £120,000-180,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction, London, 5 October

    © Harold Ancart, DACS 2019

  • Lucio Fontana (1899–1968)

    [Concetto spaziale], 1954
    Estimate
    Estimate on Request
    Related sale
    Thinking Italian, London, 4 October

    © Lucio Fontana/SIAE/DACS, London 2019

  • Sigmar Polke (1941–2010)

    Alpenveilchen/Flowers, 1967
    Estimate
    £5,000,000-7,000,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 4 October

    © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne, DACS 2019

  • Pierre Soulages (b. 1919)

    Peinture 146 x 114 cm, 6 mars 1960, 1960
    Estimate
    £4,000,000-6,000,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 4 October

    © Pierre Soulages, DACS 2019

  • Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964)

    Natura morta, 1946
    Estimate
    £400,000–600,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

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

  • Philip Guston (1913–1980)

    Language I, 1973
    Estimate
    £1,500,000–2,000,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth

  • Howard Hodgkin (1932–2017)

    Bombay Sunset, 1972-73
    Estimate
    £500,000–700,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © The Estate of Howard Hodgkin

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    L'Atelier, 1958
    Estimate
    £400,000-600,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © Succession Picasso / DACS, London 2019

  • Alberto Burri (1915–1995)

    Sacco, 1953
    Estimate
    £3,000,000-5,000,000
    Related sale
    Thinking Italian, London, 4 October

    © Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello – DACS 2019

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Jeune homme, 1958
    Estimate
    £900,000-1,200,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © Succession Picasso / DACS, London 2019

  • Frank Auerbach (b. 1931)

    Head of E.O.W, 1955
    Estimate
    £800,000–1,200,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

  • Howard Hodgkin (1932–2017)

    Lawson, Underwood & Sleep, 1977–80
    Estimate
    £400,000–600,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © The Estate of Howard Hodgkin

  • Bridget Riley (b. 1931)

    Orphean Elegy 7, 1979
    Estimate
    £1,500,000–2,000,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © Bridget Riley 2019. All rights reserved

  • Josef Albers (1888–1976)

    Study for Homage to the Square: Red Tetrachord, 1962
    Estimate
    £600,000–800,000
    Related sale
    The Jeremy Lancaster Collection, London, 1 October

    © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2019

  • Grayson Perry (b. 1960)

    The Guardians, 1998
    Estimate
    £400,000–600,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 4 October

    © Grayson Perry. Courtesy the Artist

  • Jonas Wood (b. 1977)

    Hammer 5, 2010
    Estimate
    £1,000,000–1,500,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 4 October

    © 2019 Jonas Wood

  • Robert Mangold (b. 1937)

    Four Squares within a Circle, 1974

    PROPERTY FROM THE MATTHYS-COLLE COLLECTION
    Estimate
    £120,000–180,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction, London, 5 October

    © Robert Mangold, DACS 2019

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  • 3-6 September

    Hong Kong

    22nd Floor, Alexandra House
    18 Chater Road
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  • 6-7 September

    Brussels

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  • 13 September

    Milan

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  • 14–17 September

    New York

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  • 20 September

    Rome

    MAXXI - National Museum of 21st Century Art
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  • 24 September

    Turin

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  • 26 September

    Vienna

    Christie’s Vienna
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    1010 Wien
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