Johanna Flaum, Head of Contemporary Art Day Sales at Sotheby’s commented: “Today’s sale was a strong end to Sotheby’s $551 million week of Contemporary Art auctions. Our total of $91,197,063 was well over the low estimate of $73.5 million with a sell-through rate of 78%. The top lots were characterized by works by blue-chip artists many of which were drawn from distinguished private collections – Andy Warhol’s portrait of Debbie Harry lead The Peter B. Lewis Collection when it sold for $3 million and Claude Lalanne’s La Lapin de Victoire from The Schlumberger Collection stunned the room when, after a prolonged bidding contest, it fetched $2 million, many multiples of the $200/300,000 estimate. Records included Larry Poons whose Little Sangre De Christo from 1964 sold for $1.2 million and we were also pleased to see strong prices for artists such as David Hockney, Robert Motherwell, and Andreas Gursky.”
The November 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, Jean Dubuffet, Andy Warhol and David Hockney. 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 John Baldessari, Dan Flavin 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 El Anatsui, Wade Guyton and Christopher Wool.