I n 2021 and 2022, Sotheby’s London’s Prints & Multiples auctions achieved £42 million, surpassing the totals of our nearest competitors. With our engaging digital platform and cross-department promotional initiatives, we’ve introduced prints and editioned ceramics to new audiences and attracted bids from 73 different countries throughout 2022.
Our themed sales such as Made in Britain and From Japan with Love, in addition to our biannual Prints & Multiples auctions, have greatly raised the profile of this collecting category among both new and established buyers.
With the Pop prints market moving from strength to strength, we saw overwhelming interest in Warhol’s prints in particular throughout 2022. Perhaps most notably, an impression of his Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom achieved £529,200 in our September auction – a staggering result for a single screenprint, and a world record price for this subject at the time.
We look forward to seeing what the next year brings for this market, starting with the March 2023 Prints & Multiples auction, which will focus on modern and contemporary editions.