Auction Results: Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated sale in New York achieved $26.4 million — exceeding its high estimate of $26.1 million, and marking the highest total for the series since 2014. The auction was led by Jasper Johns’s Untitled work on paper from 1983, which established a new record for a monotype by the artist when it bested its high estimate to sell for $2.5 million (estimate $1.5/2 million). Emerging from his Drawings Paintings series, George Condo’s Rainy Day Butler from 2012 sold to applause when it achieved an outstanding $2.4 million — double its high estimate and the second highest auction price for the artist. A new artist record for Sam Gilliam, and strong prices for works by Wayne Thiebaud, Adriana Varejao and Andy Warhol also anchored the exceptional results.
Auction Details: Sotheby’s is delighted to present our upcoming Contemporary Curated auction on March 2nd. Contemporary Curated is the foremost destination for new collectors and established clients to acquire accessibly priced works by leading artists of the post-war and contemporary periods. Each season, the auction features selections from leading tastemakers in the spheres of art, business and fashion, offering a diverse range of works that have captured the imagination of the market. This season’s sale features highlights of exceptional works by Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Sam Gilliam, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Julian Schnabel, Isa Genzken, Sherrie Levine, Christopher Wool, Andreas Gursky, Jonas Wood and George Condo, among others.