Our March Contemporary Curated sale brought a total of $17,255,188, setting the sale total above the high estimate and establishing the highest ever sale achieved for a various owner mid-season sale. The auction was led by Robert Indiana’s LOVE (Red/Blue), which sold for $1,685,000. Two extraordinary and rare works by Salvatore Scarpitta from the collection of Abby and B.H. Friedman also highlighted the auction, with both works selling well above their high estimates at $875,000 and $545,000. Other top lots included Anselm Kiefer’s Nidhogger that sold for $917,000 and the cover lot, Richard Prince’s Untitled (Cowboy) at $701,000, the highest price achieved at auction for this image.
On March 7th, Sotheby’s is thrilled to present the second Contemporary Curated auction, an editorialized version of the mid-season sale offering diverse perspectives from today’s tastemakers. Maria Baibakova, Anna Sui, Trevor Traina, and Reem Acra each chose works from the sale that inspired them most, and shared with us why. The auction features a strong selection of both Post-War and Contemporary art. Highlighting the morning session is Property from the Collection of Abby and B.H. Friedman, the real estate executive, novelist, and author of biographies on Jackson Pollock and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The collection includes two early important Salvatore Scarpitta paintings, a 1967 Ed Ruscha gunpowder drawing, and exceptional works on paper by Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, and Joseph Cornell. The afternoon session includes fantastic examples of art by some of the most interesting, influential and visionary artists of today, including Mark Grotjahn, Carol Bove, Lucien Smith, and Hugh Scott-Douglas.