Results: Our Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York totaled $276.6 million with 93.8% of lots sold. Gerhard Richter's A B, Still triumphed at $34 million, with a selection of works from the Stephen & Ann Ames Collection bringing a total of $122.8 million. Frenzied bidding was seen for works by Rudolf Stingel, Richard Prince and Philip Guston, with new artist records set for Njideka Akunyili Crosby and David Hockney. Rounding out the night, Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait (Fright Wig) achieved the highest total this week for a work by the artist at $24.4 million.
Auction Details: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 17 November will present a particularly spectacular selection of landmarks of recent art history, including The Triumph of Painting: The Steven & Ann Ames Collection. Passionately assembled by Steven & Ann Ames over decades, this collection tells a unique narrative of the development of painting across the past fifty years with masterpieces by Robert Ryman, Georg Baselitz, Willem de Kooning, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter and many others. The evening sale as a whole will survey major touchstones of Contemporary Art, offering truly rare and prestigious exemplars of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism and Postmodernism alongside various groundbreaking paintings and sculptures by the most influential artistic innovators of our times.