Auctioneer Tobias Meyer, conducting the auction with Basquiat’s Orange Sports Figure behind him, which went on to sell for £4,073,250.


LONDON - After months of hard work and preparation, the evening auction of Contemporary Art in London totalled over £50.7 million, more than its high estimate and a great result.

Following the records set for his work in New York last November, Gerhard Richter dominated in London last night – all six of his works in the auction sold for a combined total of £17.6 million and four were among the top ten selling works. Packed with bidders representing more than 20 countries, the saleroom was buzzing – you can get a real sense of the atmosphere here.

The other area of the sale that performed well was the group of British works, including an array of exceptional Lucian Freud drawings, fresh to the market from a private collection. They sold for a total of £2,372,650, and were joined by further works by Leon Kossoff, Francis Bacon and Bridget Riley.

The selection of Contemporary art continued today with the Day Sale, which reached a total of £15,385,775, and was again led by Richter. The highest price was £969,650 for his 1995 Abstraktes Bild, and taken together both auctions achieved a total of £66,074,225.

One great story to emerge on the day before the sale was that on close examination Jean Michel-Basquiat’s Orange Sports Figure (which sold for £4,073,250) had been signed in invisible ink, only visible under UV light. It's an insight into how this enigmatic artist worked and was widely reported in the press. There is a detailed picture on

Another story was the successful sale of Damien Hirst’s Beautiful Strummerville Spin, The Future is Unwritten Painting, which raised some £445,250. Donated by the artist to Strummerville, The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music (of which he has been a trustee since the charity's inception), it was sold to help the foundation continue their work – Trish Whelan, the director of the charity, attended the sale and was thrilled with this outcome.

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