Sotheby’s London sale of Prints & Multiples brought a total of £3,213,875, exceeding the pre-sale high estimate. The sale was 91% sold by lot and 96% sold by value.
The auction was led by a complete portfolio of hand-coloured lithographs by Andy Warhol – À la recherche du shoe perdu, circa 1955 – which made £293,000 and established an auction record for a set of this subject by the artist. The complete portfolio, comprising 18 prints in total, rarely appears at auction; a set last came under the hammer ten years prior. A world record price was also achieved for Ed Ruscha’s Mocha Standard which sold for £81,250. The sale opened with a well-rounded Old Master prints section that saw 89% of the 37 lots sell for a total of £578,000. This section included property from the collection of Albert Aaron Feldman. The private collection of primarily Rembrandt and Dürer prints was notable for its quality and condition. Each lot sold exceeded the pre-sale high estimate.
Highlights of the Old Master section of the sale include fine impressions of Albrecht Dürer’s graphic masterpieces Erasmus of Rotterdam and The Abduction of Proserpine. This section of the auction will also offer Goya’s The Bulls of Bordeaux as well as the extremely rare After Pieter Bruegel the Elder sets: Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Virtues. These Old Master highlights will be presented alongside an outstanding group of works by Dürer, Rembrandt and Hans Sebald Beham from the collection of Albert A. Feldmann.
The auction also comprises some of the most sought-after graphic subjects by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Wassily Kandinsky and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, including an excellent impression of Lautrec’s Le Jockey. Andy Warhol portfolios highlight the contemporary section of the sale, including A la recherche du shoe perdu and Goethe, as well as several single screenprints from the artist’s most iconic subjects: Marilyn Monroe and Mao. These prints will be auctioned alongside works by a range of momentous post-war practitioners including Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon, Ed Ruscha and Gerhard Richter.