PWC:Post-War and Contemporary Art

Christie's During Frieze Week

LONDON, 17-19 OCTOBER 2013

The October auctions of Post-War and Contemporary Art, including the Italian Sale, realised a combined total of £67,854,250 / $109,535,233 / €80,061,842 – the highest for a corresponding October series of sales at Christie’s. During the week, Christie’s established 47 artist records and 17 works of art sold for over £1 million (27 for over $1 million). Strong demand saw only 8 out of 162 lots unsold in the Evening Auctions.

Francis Outred, Christie's Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe: "This was an unprecedented week for Christie’s. Alongside our main auctions we opened our new gallery on New Bond St with ‘When Britain went Pop’, the first-ever survey of British Pop Art in this country, and we staged ‘Thinking Big’, an extraordinary offsite exhibition of major sculpture from the Saatchi Gallery. As a result we welcomed over 15,000 people through our doors at three different locations and held, among other things, the most successful Italian Post-War Art sale in history. Achieving £27million, this auction was over £5 million more than the previous record (£21.6 million) and the sell-through rate of 98% was nearly matched by the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction sell-through rate of 95%. In fact, across the three Evening Auctions only 8 lots out of 162 were unsold. The voracious appetite for contemporary art was underlined by the total of 47 artist records set in the past week, from Tracey Emin to Pino Pascali. Indeed the presence of two masterpieces by these artists in our sales this year underlines the connection between these artists of different generations and the ever-growing interest in Arte Povera among today’s artists. The ‘Thinking Big’ auction of large-scale sculpture and installation from the Saatchi Collection was 100% sold, with 11 works going to international institutions and foundations and 23 artist records set."

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Frieze Week London, 12-20 October 2013

Gasworks Charity Auction

Leading UK and international artists have generously donated major works of art to a charity auction for Gasworks, a UK registered charity providing studios and programmes for some of the most promising artists in London. The vital funds raised will contribute to the purchase and renovation of the gallery, the education space and artists’ studios, in Gasworks’ home of 20 years. Christie’s is pleased to collaborate with Gasworks in developing this selection, which will be offered for auction on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 1pm as part of the Post War and Contemporary Art Day Sale.

Fourteen artists including Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili and Turner Prize nominees Goshka Maçuga and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye have contributed signature works for the sale, many of which have been created especially for the occasion. Other artists in the auction include: Hurvin Anderson, Alexandre da Cunha, Matthew Darbyshire, Marcius Galan, Anthea Hamilton, Tonico Lemos Auad, Mateo Lopez, Renata Lucas, Cinthia Marcelle, Rashid Rana, and Daniel Sinsel.

The contributing artists are all currently or previously associated with Gasworks through studio tenures, residencies, workshops or UK exhibition premieres. Their donations represent a strong commitment to ensuring that the organisation continues to support future generations of artists.

Christie's Saleroom
8 King Street,
St. James's, London
  • Auction Times
  • Oct 19, 1pm
  • Viewing Times
  • Oct 12, by appointment only
  • Oct 13 12pm - 5pm
  • Oct 14 9am - 5pm
  • Oct 14 9pm - 5pm
  • Oct 15 9am - 8pm
  • Oct 16 9am - 9pm
  • Oct 17 9am - 3pm
  • Oct 18 9am - 4pm


    Estimate: £50,000 - 60,000



    Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000


    Black Pineapple/Lime

    Estimate: £12,000 - 18,000

  • MARCIUS GALAN (B. 1972)

    Bandeirinhas (Bunting)

    Estimate: £7,000 - 10,000

  • GOSHKA MACUGA (B. 1967)

    The Intelligent Echo

    Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000


    Nude XVII

    Estimate: £12,000 - 18,000


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