Auctioneer Oliver Barker at the rostrum for the Contemporary Art Evening sale.
NEW YORK – Nineteen works from the Sender Collection opened the Contemporary Art Evening sale, contributing $44.6 million, well above the collection's $30 million high estimate; it was a strong start to the evening’s overall total of $364.4 million. All nineteen Sender works found buyers, whose enthusiastic bidding resulted in auction records for Rosemarie Trockel, Dan Flavin, Keith Haring, Adam McEwan, Matthew Barney and Sarah Lucas. Other notable Sender lots were Martin Kippenberger’s untitled large-scale painting from 1981, which brought $5.5 million, and Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #93, which sold for $3.9 million. More property from the Sender Collection will go on the block in the Contemporary Art Day sale and other auctions throughout the year.
Martin Kippenberger’s Untitled sold for $5.5 million.
Andy Warhol’s Six Self Portraits was the evening’s star lot, finding a buyer for $30.1 million. The acclaimed series of final portraits were assembled by Warhol himself for a 1986 exhibition at London’s Anthony d’Offay Gallery, where the consignor acquired them. An earlier Warhol Big Electric Chair (1967–68) sold for $20.4 million.
Andy Warhol’s Six Self Portraits sold for $30,125,000.
Jeff Koons’s Popeye a monumental sculpture conjuring the spirit of Warhol’s Pop art masterworks, sold for $28.2 million. The 7-foot high cartoon character, rendered in mirror-polished stainless steel and finished in kaleidoscopic glazes, was bought by the hotelier Steve Wynn for display in one of his Las Vegas properties.
Jeff Koons’ Popeye sold for $28,165,000.
Abstractions by Gerhard Richter continue to soar. Richter’s sublime large-scale Blau sold for $28.7 million, and later in the sale, a smaller but no less compelling Richter sold for $2.5 million, eclipsing its presale high estimate. In the final minutes of the sale, bidders competed for one of Wade Guyton’s sought-after Inkjet prints, driving it up to a record $6 million. Additional artists records were established for James Rosenquist and Julian Schnabel.
Gerhard Richter’s Blau sold for $28,725,000.