Prints and Multiples

20th/21st Century Fall Auctions



London, New York and Online | September – October 2021

This autumn, Christie’s takes you on a journey spanning centuries of printmaking.

Our season began in September with the New York live and online single owner sales of A Graphic Dialogue: Prints from the Collection of Lois B. Torf that featured more than 350 prints from one of the most significant collections of Prints and Multiples in the United States. Highlights included a rare impression of Cy Twombly’s Untitled I that sold for US$437,000 and Robert Rauschenberg’s Booster that sold for US$275,000 — both of which set an auction record for prints by the respective artists.

From 9–23 September in London, the online auction Banksy: I can’t believe you morons actually buy this sh*t sold 86% by lot and offered some of the artist’s best-known and coveted screen prints, including a signed impression of Rude Copper and the rare Girl with Balloon (Colour AP - Gold). From 16–28 September, Christie’s London presented the Prints & Multiples online sale with highlights such as the complete set of Pablo Picasso’s Dix Pochoirs, Edvard Munch’s On the Bridge, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamp and works by the German Abstract master Gerhard Richter.

The white glove Picasso Ceramics Online sale featured ceramics that expressed Pablo Picasso’s celebrated joie de vivre, realising £1,633,125 /$2,258,612. Service visage noir (A.R. nos. 35-47) (1948, estimate: £40,000–60,000) led the sale by achieving £137,500 — over double its pre-sale high estimate — and setting a new world auction record for any Picasso Ceramic service.

We invite you to continue experiencing the journey of printmaking in New York with the Prints and Multiples live auction on 21–22 October that will showcase pieces by the biggest names in art, from Picasso, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec to Warhol, Haring and Hockney. The online auction, A Graphic Century: 1875-1975 succeeds the October sale, open for bidding 4-18 November. The sale includes the consignment by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which perfectly illustrates the rapid development of the field with seminal works by Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, C.R.W. Nevinson, Pablo Picasso and an important group of early lithographs by Frank Stella. These sales are not to be missed.



Highlights

  • Andy Warhol (1928–1987)

    Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn): one print

    screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1967, signed in pencil on the reverse, presumably a proof aside from the stamp-numbered edition of 250, published by Factory Additions, New York, the full sheet, in good condition, framed

    Sheet: 36 x 36 in. (914 x 914 mm.)
    Estimate
    $100,000-150,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, New York, 20 October

  • Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011)

    Book of Clouds

    aquatint, etching, woodcut and pochoir in colors with hand-coloring, on smooth wove paper, 2007, signed in pencil, numbered 24/30 (there were also twelve artist's proofs), published by Pace Prints, Inc., New York, the full sheet, in very good condition, framed

    Overall: 35½ x 68¼ in. (902 x 1734 mm.)
    Estimate
    $100,000-150,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, New York, 20 October

  • Willem de Kooning (1904–1997)

    Quatre Lithographies

    the complete set of four lithographs in colors, on Arches paper, 1986, each signed and dated in pencil and numbered 39/100 (there were also 50 sets in Roman numerals), published by Editions de la Différence, Paris, with blue cloth-covered portfolio case, lacking the title and justification pages, each the full sheet, in good condition, framed

    Each Sheet: 28¼ x 24¾ in. (718 x 629 mm.)
    Estimate
    $100,000-150,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, New York, 20 October

  • Henri Matisse (1869–1954)

    Jazz, Tériade, Paris, 1947

    the complete set of 20 pochoirs in colors, on Arches paper, 1947, signed in pencil on the justification, number 133 of 250 (there was also a portfolio edition of 100), published by Tériade, Paris, each the full sheet, loose and with central vertical fold (as issued), generally in very good condition, with title, text, table of contents and justification pages, the original grey paper boards and slipcase with title label on spine

    Overall: 17½ x 13⅜ x 2¼ in. (445 x 340 x 57 mm.)
    Estimate
    $300,000-500,000
    Related sale
    Prints and Multiples, New York, 20 October

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Service visage noir (A.R. nos. 35-47)
    Estimate
    £40,000-60,000
    Price realised
    £137,500
    Related Sale
    Picasso Ceramics, London, 10 September

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Vase aztèque aux quatre visages (A.R. 402)
    Estimate
    £55,000-75,000
    Price realised
    £100,000
    Related Sale
    Picasso Ceramics, London, 10 September

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Hibou (A.R. 224)
    Estimate
    £40,000-60,000
    Price realised
    £100,000
    Related Sale
    Picasso Ceramics, London, 10 September



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