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Monday, September 19th, 2011

Andy Warhol Dollar Sign ($400,000-600,000) to be sold in New York on November 9. UPDATE: THIS MADE $782,500.

A total of 14 paintings formerly owned by the Irish developer Derek Quinlan – including works by Warhol, William Scott and Paul Henry -  are to be sold by Christie’s in London and New York on behalf of NAMA, the National Asset Management Agency.  Proceeds will be used to pay some of Mr. Quinlan’s debts, which have been taken over by NAMA.

Christie’s announced today that 14 works of art from a Private Collection will be offered from a NAMA debtor “who has co-operated in the disposal”. The most valuable of the works is Dollar Sign by Andy Warhol which will be sold at the Post-War and Contemporary Art auction  in New York on November 9.  It is estimated at $400,000-600,000.  Two other works will be offered in New York, Ace Airport by Alex Katz ($150,000-200,000) and Arches Cover by Robert Motherwell ($60,000-80,000).  UPDATE: Ace Airport was unsold. and Arches Cover made $74,500.

The remaining eleven works will be offered at Christie’s

In Connemara by Paul Henry (£70,000-100,000) to be sold in London on November 17.

sale of 20th Century British and Irish Art on November 17 in London.  They are:  Still life variation 2 by William Scott (£200,000-300,000);  Côte de la Mer, Bretagne by Roderic O’Conor  (£150,000- 250,000); Man doing accounts by Jack Butler Yeats (£120,000-180,000);  In Connemara by Paul Henry (£70,000-100,000);  Still life with candle by William Scott (£60,000-80,000); Sailor Home from Sea by Jack Butler Yeats (£60,000-80,000);  Gateway 4 by Ivon Hitchens (£60,000-80,000); Avington Water No. 1 by Ivon Hitchens (£50,000-80,000); A Quiet Read by Roderic O’Connor (£40,000-60,000); Tinkers Picking Whitethorn by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000-60,000) and Woman by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000 to £60,000).



Still life variation 2 by William Scott (£200,000-300,000) - sold for £385,250

Man doing accounts by Jack Butler Yeats (£120,000-180,000) - sold for £183,650

In Connemara by Paul Henry (£70,000-100,000) - sold for £109,250

Still life with candle by William Scott (£60,000-80,000) - this was unsold.

Sailor Home from Sea by Jack Butler Yeats (£60,000-80,000) - sold for £73,250

Gateway 4 by Ivon Hitchens (£60,000-80,000)   -  sold for £169,250

Avington Water No. 1 by Ivon Hitchens (£50,000-80,000) - sold for £157,250

A Quiet Read by Roderic O’Connor (£40,000-60,000  - sold for £43,250

Tinkers Picking Whitethorn by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000-60,000)  - this was unsold.

Woman by Louis le Brocquy (£40,000 to £60,000) - this was unsold.
Cote de la Mer, Bretagne by Roderic O'Conor (£150,000- 250,000) -  this was unsold.


Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Andy Warhol, The Scream (after Munch), estimate £150,000-250,000. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £157,250

Andy Warhol The Scream (after Munch), estimate £100,000-150,000. (Click to enlarge).

Never before published prints by Andy Warhol, based on Edward Munch’s The Scream, feature at Christie’s sale of Old Master, Modern and Contemporary prints in London on September 21.  The two prints dating from 1984 exist only in unique colour variants.  There are prints by artists from Dürer to Rembrandt and Warhol to Richter.  Estimates range from £1,000 to £180,000. The sale is expected to realise more than £3 million.
On September 20 at South Kensington Christie’s will offer Old Master, Modern and Contemporary prints including property from the estate of Ernst Beyeler. British printmaking is strong in this 300 lot sale.  There are examples by Richard Hamilton, Ben Nicholson, Peter Blake, Sybil Andrews and Lucian Freud and estimates are from £500 to £25,000.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn A sleeping Puppy estimate £15,000-£20,000. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £34,850.

Albrecht Durer Adam and Eve, estimate £150,000-250,000. (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £181,250.


Monday, June 27th, 2011

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Mao, signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 73', is estimated at £6-8 million. (Click on image to enlarge). Copyright Christie's Images. UPDATE: IT MADE £6,985,250

Andy Warhol’s Mao is one of a number of highlights of Christie’s Post War and Contemporary art evening auction in London on June 28.  The sale of 67 works is expected to realised a combined total of £55.8-77.6 milion.

The iconic large scale Mao (1973) was shown at the first exhibition of Mao paintings at Musée Galliera, Paris in 1974.  Other highlights are Warhol’s vivid emerald green Little Electric Chair (1964), Miquel Barceló’s Faena de muleta (1990), the largest and most important example of the artist’s celebrated bullfight paintings ever to come to auction and Juan Muñoz’s Esquina positiva (1992), first unveiled to great acclaim at the landmark Documenta IV in Kassel in 1992, which launched the artist’s international career.
Francis Outred, European Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, said: “At a time when the global art world unites to celebrate the Venice Biennale, Christie’s is delighted to bring together works from 14 countries for this June’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction. At the heart of the forthcoming season is one of the finest groups of British Art ever to be assembled at auction, spanning from the early 1940s to the present day. Looking across the generations, one begins to see continuities between the inky-blue washes of paint in Francis Bacon’s landmark Study for a Portrait (1953) and Peter Doig’s liquid application of the medium in Red Boat (Imaginary Boys) (2003-04), undoubtedly one of his best paintings this century. Indeed the drive to depict real, physical presence is equally apparent in Lucian Freud’s pivotal painting Woman Smiling (1958-59) as in Ron Mueck’s mesmerising, hyper-real Big Baby (1996). Assembled from a variety of collections including that of Kay Saatchi, we are delighted to have brought together such a cohesive group of masterworks.”
UPDATE: IT MADE £6,985,250
See antiquesandartireland.com post for March 31.


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Debbie Harry by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) (copyright Sotheby's). (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE £3,737,250

Andy Warhol’s 1980 acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas of Debbie Harry, lead singer with Blondie, heads Sotheby’s sale of Contemporary Art in London on June 29.  Debbie Harry became a friend of the artist after they met in Manhattan.  In an interview with Cheyenne Westphal, Sotheby’s Chairman of Contemporary Art Europe, she described what it was like to sit for Warhol: “He was the master of understatement. He’d say ‘Try looking over here’. He was very softly spoken and used a funny Polaroid portrait camera. It was an easy environment and not really a pressured situation. He made it very easy.”

Selected as the cover image for the major survey of Warhol’s portraiture published by Phaidon in 2005, Debbie Harry, from 1980, is one of Warhol’s most accomplished portraits of celebrity. One of only four such portraits of the Blondie star in this rare 42 inches format – two of which are in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh – this pink version has become one of the best recognised images in Warhol’s oeuvre and the definitive portrait of the 1980s style icon.
It is from a European private collection and is estimated at  £3.5-5.5 million.  The sale coincides with the release of Blondie’s new album Panic of Girls.
Sotheby’s has also announced that it will offer a group of works by Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George and Angus Fairhurst from the collection of award winning musician, songwriter and record producer Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.  He is a friend of Damien Hirst.  The seven artworks – estimated to bring in £1.3 million – will be included in the contemporary art evening and day auctions on June 29 and 30. The collection will be led by Dantrolene, an early Hirst pharmaceutical painting and one of the largest one inch spot paintings to appear at auction in latter years. It is estimated at  £600,000-800,000.
UPDATE: IT MADE £3,737,250


Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Andy Warhol self-portrait from 1963-64. (click on image to enlarge).

FOUR photo booth images of Andy Warhol in blue

The re-discovered Rothko from a private collection. (click on image to enlarge)

made a record $38.4 million over a high estimate of $30 million at Christie’s post-war and contemporary sale in New York on May 11.

The sale total of  $301,683,000 was the biggest tally for a New York evening contemporary sale since May 2008.  No less than 62 of the 65 lots on offer found buyers.  There were records for Cy Twombly and Richard Diebenkorn while a Cindy Sherman at $3.9 million fetched the highest price ever for a photograph at auction.

The photo-booth style Warhol Self-Portrait, 1963-64 was the top lot and a new record for a Warhol self portrait.  At the same sale Warhol’s 1986 self portrait – the one with spiky hair – made  $27,522,500.
A re-discovered Mark Rothko work, Untitled No. 17, signed and dated 1961, made $33,682,500.


Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Andy Warhol's Sixteen Jackies. (click on image to enlarge)

Andy Warhol’s Sixteen Jackies made $20,242,500 at Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in New York on May 10.  The auction  brought in $128.1 million and 47 of the 58 lots were sold.

In the early 1960s Warhol’s rows of soup cans and movie stars were screened within a single canvas. With the Jackie paintings the artist created numbers of small panels later assembled into large compositions for the first time.  He employed eight Jackie images from smiling wife to grieving widow with their mirror reversals through the press coverage of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy surrounding her husbands assassination.
The images follow Jackie from her arrival at Dallas, through the motorcade, the assassination, the administration of the oath of office for the new President Johnson and the funeral in Washington.
Jeff Koons’ Pink Panther, one of the most important works by the artist ever to have appeared at auction, sold for $16,882,500. The work last appeared at auction in 1999 when it made $1.8 million.  The porcelain sculpture is the artist’s proof from an edition of three, with the other examples in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Art of the last 30 years fared well. Six of the seven Warhol’s at the sale were sold, totalling over $31 million.
The result followed the  $54.8 million achieved the previous night for the Allan Stone collection, bringing Sotheby’s overall two day total to $182,910,000.


Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

This Warhol self-portrait more than doubled its top estimate at Christie's. (click on image to enlarge). Picture courtesy of Christie's Images.

A monumental-scale self-portrait by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) made £10,793,250 at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale in London on February 16. It had been estimated at £3-5 million.  In a private collection since 1974 this previously unpublished iconic work which dates to 1967 was recently discovered. It was bought by an anonymous bidder in the room.

Warhol first used the image for a group of works in 1966, painted in a much smaller scale.  The following year he produced 11 monumental works in large scale six foot square format.   Six works from the series were shown at the American Pavilion at the 1967 Montreal Expo.

The sale brought in £61,380,500 and was 92 per cent sold by lot.  It was the highest total for the category in London since June 2008.  The Warhol was the top lot and 16 lots sold for over one million pounds.  There were buyers from 21 different countries.  Six artists records were set, for Jenny Saville, Martial Raysse, Miquel Barcelo, Wade Guyton, Ged Quinn and Adriana Varejao.

See antiquesandartireland.com post for January 11.


Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Monumental Warhol self-portrait. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE £10,793,250

THIS re-discovered self-portrait by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) from 1967 comes up at Christie’s in London on February 16.  Completely unpublished, it has been in a private collection since 1974 when it was acquired from Leo Castelli, Warhol’s primary dealer.  The six foot square work is one of an historic series of 11 large-scale self-portraits executed in 1967, five of which are in museums (Tate, London; The Staatsgalerie Moderne Kunst, Munich; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and two at the Detroit Institute for Arts).

Francis Outred, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe: “I’m incredibly excited at the prospect of offering this rediscovered masterpiece by Andy Warhol. At the time of its execution Warhol was at the peak of his creative powers and this very rare series of works were the largest self-portraits he had made. This work shows a classic image of the artist in an imposing, larger than life scale, with an extraordinary presence of thick, red paint. That five of the works from this series are in museums is a testament to their importance.”
It will be offered at the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction and is expected to realise £3 million to £5 million.
A shot up Warhol portrait of Mao Zedong made $302,500 at Christie’s in New York on January 11, more than 10 times its high estimate. Easy Rider start Denis Hopper shot two bullet holes through the 1972 portrait. A friend of the actor, who died aged 74 last May, explained that Hopper saw the Mao out of the corner of his eye in the shadows and was so spooked that he shot at it. A delighted Warhol called him a collaborator and labelled the damage  “warning shot” and ” bullet hole”.   It had been estimated at $20,000 to $30,000.
UPDATE|  It made £10,793,250.


Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 10 includes acclaimed masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and Mark Rothko as well as one of the finest examples from Gerhard Richter’s revered Candle Paintings Series. Christie’s will sell  the major estates on offer this season —the collections of computing pioneer Max Palevsky, actor Dennis Hopper, gallerist and taste-maker Robert Shapazian and philanthropic art collector Nancy Epstein. This auction is estimated to realize upwards of $240 million.
“This sale contains the high quality, rarity and provenance that creates fireworks at auction,”  Robert Manley of Christie’s New York remarked.
“Collectors are vying for the best works by the major artists of the last sixty years and Christie’s evening sale is loaded with museum masterpieces.”