20th 21st Century New York – Autumn 2022

  • Event date November 2022
  • Event location New York

Basquiat, Rothko and Modigliani lead Christie’s 20th and 21st Century Evening Sales

On 17 November, Christie’s New York kicked off the 20/21 marquee week series with the 20th and 21st Century Evening Sales. Over two billion dollars made over the last two weeks with most of the unprecedented total going to philanthropic causes. Welcoming more than 2.2 million viewers across Christie’s global platforms, the evening featured important works spanning modern, post-war and contemporary art.

The 20th Century Evening Sale realised $307,945,300, selling 96 per cent by lot and 88 per cent by value. The sale was led by Amedeo Modigliani’s Beatrice Hastings (devant une porte) and Mark Rothko’s Untitled, both of which sold for $17,565,000. The 21st Century Evening Sale immediately followed, realising $114,091,400. The contemporary sale sold 89 per cent by lot and 95 per cent by value. The top lot was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s dynamic portrait of the legendary boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, from 1982, which achieved $32,679,000. The combined total for the evening was $422,036,700. Together, the sales were 93 per cent sold by lot and 90 per cent sold by value.

Eight artists set auction records across both sales, including Emile Bernard, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Noah Davis, Eva Gonzales, Rashid Johnson, Minjung Kim, Paul Serusier and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. An additional 14 records were set in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, bringing the week's total to 23.

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Christie's New York

New York

Christie’s New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

12–18 November
Saturday, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday – Friday, 10am – 5pm


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Image credits:

On Kawara (1932–2014)
OCT. 27, 1982 ("Wednesday.") from Today series, 1966–2013
© One Million Years Foundation

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988)
Sugar Ray Robinson, 1982
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

Willem de Kooning (1904–1997)
Untitled III, circa 1978
© 2022 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
Mousquetaire, buste, 1967
© 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Joan Mitchell (1925–1992)
Conte Bleu
© Estate of Joan Mitchell