Leading the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, Glenn Brown’s epic Böcklin’s Tomb (copied from ‘Floating Cities’ 1981 by Chris Foss) achieved £2,322,500/ $3,750,838 / €2,740,550, followed by Martin Kippenberger’s wry self-portrait, Nieder mid der Bourgeoisie (Down with the Bourgeoisie) at £1,818,500 / $2,936,878 / €2,155,830. Peter Doig’s enigmatic Red Canoe, part of the artist’s seminal 100 Years Ago series, reached £1,762,500 / $2,936,878 / €2,145,830 alongside top 10 prices dominated by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Tansey, Yayoi Kusama, A.R. Penck and Gerhard Richter. Christopher Wool achieved £602,500 / $973,038 / €733,539 for Untitled, the second highest price for a work on paper by the artist. Younger artists, such as painters Oscar Murillo and Turner Prize finalist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye were offered for the first time in a Christie’s Evening Auction, with Yiadom-Boakye’s Diplomacy II reaching £146,500 / $236,598 / €178,362, a world record price for the artist at auction. Contemporary photography was a key component of the auction, achieving strong prices for Thomas Struth
(San Zaccaria, Venice reached £698,500 / $1,128,078 / €824,230), Jeff Wall (£482,500 / $779,238 / €569,350 for The Crooked Path) and Sarah Lucas, a world record price for the artist at auction (£290,500 / $469,158 / €342,790 for Fighting Fire with Fire (6 Pack).