The Contemporary Art Evening sale totaled $381 million.
NEW YORK - On a night that saw seven artists records set, including works by Cy Twombly, Brice Marden, Mark Bradford and Martin Kippenberger, the unequivocal star of Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening sale – the most successful in company history – was Andy Warhol, whose monumental diptych Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) inspired a telephone bidding war and eventually sold for $105.4 million, a new record for the Pop art superstar.
Andy Warhol’s Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) sold for a record $105.4 million.
Among Warhol’s masterpieces, Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) is a pivotal work from the artist’s ‘Death and Disaster’ series and the last of four works of its size and significance that was not currently in the collection of a museum.
Cy Twombly’s Poems to the Sea sold for $21.7 million.
Cy Twombly’s Poems to the Sea, a twenty-four part work on paper executed in 1959, sold for an artist’s record $21.7 million, exceeding the previous record set at Sotheby’s in 2012. The work was sold to establish a fund for acquisitions for the Dia Art Foundation. In total $38.4 million was raised for the critically important New York-based arts institution.
Andy Warhol’s Liz #1 (Early Colored Liz) sold for $20.3 million.
The sale achieved $381 million, the highest total ever for a Sotheby’s auction. It was the ever-fascinating Andy Warhol who dominated this sale, with four of the top ten lots, including Liz #1 (Early Colored Liz) ($20.3 million), Flowers (Five Foot Flowers) ($11.4 million) and 5 Deaths on Turquoise ($7.3 million), in addition to the record-breaking Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster).