The Contemporary Art Evening Auction totalled £28,203,200, led by Pierre Soulages’ Peinture from 1958 which sold for £2,658,500. Other highlights included Martin Kippenberger’s Ohne Titel (1992) which achieved £2,322,500 and Adrian Ghenie’s Duchamp’s Funeral which made £1,022,500. Artists Israel Lund and Danh Vō, both introduced at Evening auction this week, set new records selling for £110,000 and £314,500 respectively.
This October, London will play host to the capital’s biggest contemporary art fair Frieze and its sister fair Frieze Masters. In tune with Frieze Week, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction will have a marked focus on outstanding young artists such as Adrian Ghenie, Alex Hubbard and Lucien Smith; as well as a monumental painting from Martin Kippenberger’s celebrated cycle of self-portraits, Ohne Titel (Meine Lügen sind ehrlich) from 1992.
Surveying the major recent developments of contemporary art, this auction will also offer an assemblage of works from the pioneering Italian tastemaker Alessandro Grassi. To coincide with the October opening of the first large-scale historical survey of ZERO artists in the United States at the Guggenheim, New York, the Evening Auction will feature an important group of ZERO works by artists such as Yves Klein, Otto Piene and Heinz Mack.