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$85.4M Warhol Leads $315M Contemporary Sales at Sotheby's Tonight

New York, 16 November 2022 - Andy Warhol’s altar-like White Disaster (White Car Crash 19 Times) sold for $85.4 million tonight, driving an evening of Contemporary sales at Sotheby’s to $315 million tonight. It led an evening of sales which also saw heated competition for women artists, and strong prices for works from celebrated collections, including from the de Kooning Family Collection, The Collection of Geraldine and Harold Alden, The Mallin Collection, and The Collection of William S. Paley.

Facts & Figures from This Evening’s Auctions:
This evening’s auctions together totaled $314.9 million (estimate $268.6 - 343.7m). The Now sale totaled $45.8 million - the third consecutive white-glove sale for the series in New York (est. $29.4 - 42.2m). Almost 70% of the works sold for prices in excess of their high estimates The Contemporary Evening Auction totaled $269.1 million - comfortably within its pre-sale estimate ($239.2-301.6m) 97% of all lots found buyers across the two sales With tonight’s totals, year-to-date sales for Contemporary Art hit $1.77 billion – second highest after last November 8 new artist records: Soaring demand for artists of the moment drove 5 new auction records in The Now: Louis Fratino , Salman Toor, Elizabeth Peyton, Jacqueline Humphries and Carol Bove In Contemporary, additional records were set for Betye Saar, Alighiero Boetti, and Barbara Kruger

Asia Collectors in Hot Pursuit of The Now Sale Offerings Purchases made by collectors in Asia accounted for 56% of the total value of The Now auction - acquiring works by Yoshitomo Nara, Nicholas Party, Salman Toor, Cecily Brown, Maria Berrio, Christina Quarles, Anna Weyant and Avery Singer. More than 45% of the lots in The Now auction saw deep bidding from across Asia (Louis Fratino, Julian Nguyen) Six Sotheby’s representatives from Asia were manning the phones tonight, fielding bids for Asian collectors across the sale

Works emerging from prominent collections command committed bidding The de Kooning Family Collection: three works emerging at auction for the first time from this collection were led by Untitled circa 1979, which achieved $34.8 million - the second highest price for a work by the artist. The paintings represent the first paintings from the de Kooning family collection ever to come to auction The Collection of Geraldine and Harold Alden: Six works from this collection realized $20 million, led by Roy Lichtenstein’s Modern Painting with Small Bolt, which sold for $6.9 million The William S. Paley Collection: three works achieved a combined above-estimate of $9.6 million (est. $5.4-7.7m), bringing the overall total for works from the collection sold this week to $56.6 million. The Mallin Collection: four works from this remarkable collection made $11 million this evening This week's Evening Sales garnered 7.25 million combined views – the highest ever for any sale week for Sotheby’s

Top Five Prices Across the Evening
Andy Warhol’s monumental masterpiece White Disaster (White Car Crash 19 Times), 1963 sold for $85.4 million - among the highest prices ever achieved for a work by the artist at auction A trio of works by Willem de Kooning emerging from the de Kooning Family Collection was led by the artist’s Untitled (c. 1979) which achieved $34.8 million - the third highest price for the artist at auction Francis Bacon’s portrait of Lucian Freud realized $30 million, selling to a UK buyer. The work is the first of only five triptychs the artist created of Freud Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Saxaphone from 1986 sold for $14.2 million

A further de Kooning from the family collection (Montauk II) sold for $12.7 million Yoshitomo Nara’s Light Haze Days/Study sold to a collector in Asia for $11.9 million

Women Artists Take Center Stage
Overall, women artists represented more than one-third of all lots offered tonight [25% in CTP, more than 50% in The Now] For the second season in a row, women artists outnumbered their male counterparts in a Sotheby’s Evening Sale, making up over 50% of the works in The Now and accounting for nearly 45% of the total value Total of 5 new auction records for women artists: Barbara Kruger, Betye Saar, Elizabeth Peyton, Carol Bove and Jacqueline Humphries Online participants acquired works by Avery Singer (sold for $2.1m) & Toyin Ohih Odutola (sold for $945,000) Across both sales, women artists exceeded their combined high estimate to achieve $35.9 million






  • 17.11.2022
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    AUCTIONS

    New York
    14 November
    The David M. Solinger Collection

    15 November
    Modern Day Sale

    22 November
    The David M. Solinger Collection:
    Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas

    Paris
    6 December
    The David M. Solinger Collection:
    Art Contemporain Evening Sale

    HIGHLIGHTS  EXHIBITIONS

    Hong Kong
    2 – 5 October

    London
    9 – 12 October

    Paris
    19 – 24 October

    PRE-SALE EXHIBITION

    New York
    4 – 14 November
     



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