Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved £110.2 million, marking a 77% increase over the previous year. Strong bidding on pieces by Lucian Freud, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cecily Brown led the 98% of works sold. Explore similar works in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction (27 June | London).
For fans craving Thiebaud, Sotheby’s is offering five works on paper by the artist in its summer online auctions: Contemporary Prints and Multiples Online (6–19 July, Online) and Contemporary Art Online: NYC (13–20 July, Online).
Sotheby’s Spring Contemporary Art Sales in Hong Kong achieved HK$565.8 million / US$72.5 million, over 1.4 times our nearest competitor. Western Art achieved a total of HK$204.9 million / US$26.3 million, the highest amount of Western Art sold in Asia. We also had stellar mid-market results, including our strongest Day Sale in history and a white-glove inaugural “Curated: Turn it up” sale. Click here to view the full market Report: Asia Market Update Spring 2018 Consign with us now
The Contemporary Art Evening Auction was led by Lucian Freud's Portrait on a White Cover which soared to £22.5 million after a lively bidding battle on the phones and in the saleroom on its auction debut. The appetite for Jean-Michel Basquiat showed no sign of waning, as three works sold for a combined total of £26.7 million, including Untitled, that rose to £14.7 million. Other highlights included Cecily Brown's The Skin of Our Teeth which achieved three times its low estimate, reaching £3 million, and Peter Doig's dreamlike landscape Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper) which sold for £7.7 million. Click through to see the top results from the evening, which totalled £110,239,550. Click here to view the full results: Contemporary Art Evening Auction
In this episode of Masterworks: Expert Voices, join Sotheby’s Michael Macaulay in an examination of Lucian Freud’s 'Portrait on a White Cover'. One of the artist’s final reclining nudes, this masterpiece encapsulates Freud's lifelong fascination with the human form. Thick brushstrokes give the painting a sculptural quality that captures the softness and warmth of human flesh. Portrait on a White Cover will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction. (26 June, London). Click here for more video.
In this 60-Second Gallery, view the breadth of Andy Warhol’s genius through four distinct works, including a 1962 pencil drawing, an acrylic on canvas ‘inkblot’, and a silkscreen painting from his signature Cowboys and Indians series.Warhol's ability to conceptualize and execute in a variety of styles allowed him to continually push the boundaries of art. These works are a testament to his status as a Contemporary Art icon and will be offered in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Sale (27 June, London). Click here for more video.
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