Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Sale brought a total of £15.3 million. The auction was led by our cover lot, Rudolf Stingel’s impressive Untitled from 1996, which achieved £902,500, doubling its pre-sale low estimate of £400,000. Other highlights included Günther Uecker’s Riss des Künstlerischen Genius (Rupture of the Artistic Genius), which was part of our single owner collection La Grande Bellezza dell’Arte, and Anish Kapoor’s Untitled alabaster from 1997.
An auction record was set for Hugh Scott-Douglas’ Untitled cyanotype on linen which sold for £53,750.
The upcoming Contemporary Art Day Sale which will take place in London on 1 July presents an exciting offering of works by a wide range of Post-War and Contemporary artists. The morning session opens with the sale of an outstanding private Roman collection of minimalist and conceptual art; which is followed by quintessential examples of post-war abstraction such as an engaging Physichromie by Carlos Cruz-Diez, two elegant paintings by Lucio Fontana as well as beaming Homages to the Square by Josef Albers. Other highlights of the morning session are a wonderful early Dubuffet, seminal sculptures by Giuseppe Penone, a single-owner group of important works by Joseph Beuys and an iconic ‘number’ painting by Robert Indiana.
Focusing on the most sought after upcoming artists of our time, the afternoon session is ushered by a fun, colourful spray painting by Eddie Peake which is succeeded by a group from a cutting-edge private European collection, featuring archetypal works by Brendan Fowler and Walead Beshty. The afternoon session encompasses strong examples by an extremely broad scope of artists ranging from Hugh Scott-Douglas, Nate Lowman and Carol Bove to Anish Kapoor, Rudolf Stingel and Peter Doig. Furthermore, this session is highlighted by a selection from the Adam Sender Collection: a resounding homage to the collector’s phenomenal eye for quality, the forward-thinking grouping includes an important sculpture by Sarah Lucas, a group of genre-drying photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher and a crucial Cindy Sherman history portrait.