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    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) Ohne Titel (Untitled) (£2,500,000-3,500,000). Image courtesy of Christies Images Ltd., 2012. (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,117,250

    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) Ohne Titel (Untitled) c1972. (£30,000-40,000). Image courtesy of Christies Images Ltd., 2012. (Click to enlarge).

    AN important collection of Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) self-portraits, including thirteen works on paper and the seminal oil on canvas, Ohne Titel (Untitled) will feature at Christie’s in London on October 11 and 12.  From the  1992 series Hand-Painted Pictures the Untitled work illustrated on the left is estimated at £2,500,000-3,500,000. It was exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 1993, Tate Modern, London in 2006, MoCA, Los Angeles and MoMA, New York in 2009. Charismatic and irreverent, Martin Kippenberger is remembered for his conceptual and expressive transformation of the 1980s and 1990s art scene.  Assembled over the course of a twenty-five year friendship the collection belongs to someone who knew the artist well.

    UPDATE: THE  auctions of Post-War & Contemporary Art and The Italian Sale realised a combined total of £41,183,300.  The top price was paid for Martin Kippenberger’s Untitled which made £3,117,25,  a world record price for the artist at auction.

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