The 15 May Contemporary Art Day Auction totaled $96,839,750 with strong results for works by Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Mark Bradford and David Hammons. The sale was led by Warhol’s Mercedes-Benz W 196 from 1954, which reached $3,97,000 over an estimate of $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. The Sender Collection attracted huge competition as bidders sought works from this pioneering group of artists driving the total to $14 million, well over the high estimate and with multiple artist records.
The May 2014 Contemporary Art Day Sale features a strong selection of works spanning from the Postwar period to the present day. The Morning Session includes top quality works by Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Jean Dubuffet, Sigmar Polke and Kazuo Shiraga. Highlighting the Afternoon Session are works from Ahead of the Curve: The Sender Collection, which includes outstanding examples of Contemporary paintings, photography and Conceptual Art by artists such as Elizabeth Peyton, John Baldessari, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince. Standout lots of the Afternoon Session also include works by some of the most interesting, influential and visionary artists of today, including Mark Tansey, Christopher Wool and Mark Bradford.