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    Saturday, October 1st, 2022
     Early Morning, Saint-Maxime by David Hockney. UPDATE: THIS MADE £20,899,500

    A 1969 Hockney, a deeply personal painting by Tracey Emin, Gerhard Richter’s first Colour Chart and Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of  Henrietta Moraes are among the offerings at the October London sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s Early Morning Saint Maxime by David Hockney will highlight Christie’s 20th/21st Century evening sale on October 13.   The painting, which is radiant, is situated between his seminal Californian swimming pool art and the pioneering naturalistic double portraits and is estimated at £7 million – £9 million This is one of four paintings based on photographs taken during a trip to France with Hockney’s then partner Peter Schlesinger in autumn 1968. They became regular guests at the home of film director Tony Richardson near Saint Tropez. Richardsons home became the setting for Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)  when the relationship between Hockney and Schlesinger ended in 1971.  When this work sold for $90.3 million at Christie’s in New York in 2018 it set a then auction record for a work by a living artist.

    Like a Cloud of Blood by Tracey Emin. UPDATE: THIS. MADE £2,322,000, A RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

    Like a Cloud of Blood, one of the first paintings made by Tracey Emin following her cancer treatment, will be offered at the same sale with an estimate of £500,000-£700,000.  Made this year the work is an intimate vision of her recent experience and marks a return to the creative process.  The sale will raise funds for an innovative new artists studio complex in Margate set in a former bathhouse and mortuary.  TKE Studios (the name is based on an abbreviation of her full name Tracey Karima Emin) the complex aims to foster talent with 12 subsidised professional studios, two year residencies, tutorials and lectures.

    Gerhard Richter’s first Colour Chart – 192 Farben (1966), will headline the season at Sotheby’s Contemporary evening auction in London on October 14. The colour charts were among the first paintings not done in black and white by this globally significant artist and marked an important turning point in his career. Long before his prices reached stratospheric levels on the Richter scale the artist Gerhard Richter became intrigued by paint chips produced on an industrial scale. Richter relates the work to Pop Art.Three Studies for Portrait of Henrietta Moraes by Francis Bacon is another highlight at Sotheby’s.  Henrietta Moraes and Bacon were close friends. One of his portraits of her made £21.3 million. in 2012. Sotheby’s has put together a stellar sale to coincide with the Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs, when the global contemporary art world assembles in London. The sale will be preceded at Sotheby’s by the Now evening auction, a sale format established in March this year to address the outstanding demands for new and emerging artists. 

    192 Farben (192 Colours) by Gerhard Richter. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £18,287,800


    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

    FROM Rembrandt to Richter Sotheby’s announced the second headline work of its major cross-category summer evening auction in London on 28 July. Gerhard Richter’s Wolken (fenster) (Clouds (window)) is an immersive skyscape with an estimate of £9-12 million. Richter’s skyscape reinvents the sublime landscapes of predecessors like Constable, Turner and Caspar David Friedrich, channelling their works into a new contemporary vision, in an effort establish a legitimate place for painting in the post-photo age. The resulting abstract, almost minimalist work, is painted not from life but from a photograph.

    From Rembrandt, ‘the first modern painter’, to Richter, who has earned his position as one of today’s great contemporary artists by drawing upon the inheritance of the past, this auction will span over 500 years of art history, drawing the Old Masters together with 19th century, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary artists.

    Gerhard Richter, Wolken (fenster) (Clouds (window)), 1970
    Oil on canvas, in four parts (£9,000,000-12,000,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE £10,449,000 MILLION
    Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self-portrait, wearing a ruff and black hat (£12-16 million). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £12,600,000 AT HAMMER A NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR A SELF PORTRAIT BY REMBRANDT – WITH FEES £14,549,400


    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    Kusama’s rare pink Infinity Net and Richter’s Abstract Painting (679-2) will lead the evening sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art autumn series on September and October 1.  Apart from a series of works by Kusama Yayoi and a dedicated section for Chinese contemporary artists born in the 1970’s there will be a themed sale for the Japanese post-war artist, Morita Shiryu and a selection of western contemporary art.

    Kusama Yayoi, Untitled, 1972 |(US$4.1-5.8 million)

    Gerhard Richter, Abstract Painting (679-2), 1988. (US£4.1-6.2 million)


    Thursday, March 9th, 2017

    Gerhard Richter’s Iceberg led a stellar auction of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London last night. It sold for £17.7 million in an auction which realised £118 million.  In a  record breaking night for post war German art there was a new record for George Baselitz when Mit Roter Fahne (With Red Flag), 1965 sold for £7.5 million.  The 15 works by German artists totalled £48.1 million.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s seminal ‘Untitled (One Eyed Man or Xerox Face)’, 1983, sold for £12 million. When the painting previously appeared at auction in 1987, it sold for $23,100. Christopher Wool’s untitled 2007 work from his sought-after Grey Paintings series of enamel works, sold at double the estimate for £7.1 million.   Between two lights by Sean Scully sold for £800,750 over a top estimate of £650,000.

    It was an auction where 57 works sold of 61 lots offered and 75% of lots had never been offered at auction before.  There was a 35% increase in the number of sale participants compared to the equivalent auction last year, with participants from 43 countries.

    (See posts on for February 3, 14,  and 21 2017)

    Gerard Richter’s Iceberg sold for £17.7 million

    Between two lights by Sean Scully sold for £800,750


    Monday, January 23rd, 2017

    The single-owner sale dedicated to the collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw at Sotheby’s in New York on March 2 is largely focused on Post-War and Contemporary Art.  Entitled In Its Own Light the auction includes examples of German Expressionism and Modern British art. The New York couple’s collection was created over 35 years and reflects the close relationships (often grounded in a shared passion for literature), between Ed Cohen and many of the artists represented, as well as with gallerists such as Anthony d’Offay and Marian Goodman. Highlights include pieces by Joseph Beuys, John Currin, Cecily Brown, Brice Marden, Anselm Kiefer, Agnes Martin, William Kentridge and Gerhard Richter. Richter was collected in particular depth with a range of works – from a smaller-scale example of the artist’s signature abstraction, to examples from the important, but less well-known Souvenir and Painted Photograph series.

    Allan Schwartzman, Chairman, Sotheby’s Fine Arts Division commented: “The Cohen Collection defines collecting at its best, as it includes the highest level of selectivity and connoisseurship, a very personal and finely honed assembly of artists spanning many generations, and an articulate and unwavering commitment to the most timeless of subjects for art—the human condition.  Whether with artists collected in depth, or represented by a single work, the Cohens have consistently collected works that get to the heart of each artist represented, not always in the most obvious way, but always in the most insightful.” Ed Cohen is also known as a generous supporter of a number of museums, most notably the Tate where a gallery is named for him. The sale is estimated to fetch $4/6 million.  It will be followed by the contemporary curated auction. Both sales are timed to coincide with The Armory Show, with exhibitions opening on February 24.

    Gerhard Richter
    Abstraktes Bild (843-4),1997 ($600/800,000)

    Cecily Brown Bonus, 2004 ($300/400,000_

    Anselm Kiefer Stefan I, 1975 ($150/200,000)

    John Currin The Florist, 2003 ($400-600,000_




    Friday, November 18th, 2016

    Richter, Warhol and Basquiat were stars of the evening sale of contemporary art at Sotheby’s in New York, which brought in $276.7 million last  night. The top lot was Gerhard Richter’s AB Still which sold to a private European buyer for $33.9 million.  Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait (Fright Wig) made $24.4 million.  Basquiat’s Brother’s Sausage made $18.6 million.

    There was a record for David Hockney at auction when Woldgate Woods, 24, 25, 26 October 2006 sold for $11.7 million. This is an oil on canvas in six parts, and it went to an anonymous buyer. The auction included Part 1 of The Ames Collection, which made $122.8 million.  There were bidders from 38 countries and Asian participation was up 11% year on year.

    (See post on for July 31, 2016)

    Andy Warhol - Self-Portrait (Fright Wig)

    Andy Warhol – Self-Portrait (Fright Wig)

    David Hockney - Woldgate Woods

    David Hockney – Woldgate Woods


    Friday, October 14th, 2011

    Jussi Pylkkanen selling the record-breaking 'Kerze' by Richter in London tonight. (Click on image to enlarge).

    THERE was a new world record for Gerhard Richter at Christie’s in London on October 14. His Kerze (Candle), painted in 1982, was sold for £10,457,250 after a fierce bidding battle. This was the top price at this evenings auctions of Post-War & Contemporary Art and the Italian Sale.  There were nine artists records.  A life size maquette of Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North (1996) sold for £3,401,250 a world record for the artist at auction. The evening saw record prices for Ahmad Alsoudani, Joe Bradley, Karen Kilimnik, Albert Oehlen, Domenico Gnoli and Arnaldo Pomodoro. Untitled by Martin Kippenberger (1990) sold for £1,329,250 a world record price for a sculpture by the artist at auction.

    The combined total for the sales was  £55,630,000.  Ten lots sold for over £1 million and 20 lots sold for over $1 million. The corresponding sales last year realised £38.2 million. The buyer breakdown was 49% Europe including the UK, 38% Americas and 13% Asia.

    See video post on for October 13.

    Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds Make Four Times Estimate

    Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

    Gerhard Richters Abstraktes Bild, the top lot at Sotheby's Contemporary sale in London. (click on image to enlarge)

    The first of Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds (Kui Hua Zi) ever to appear at auction made £349,250 (£3.50 per seed) at Sotheby’s auction of contemporary art.  The 100 kilograms of the porcelain seeds made more than four times the pre-sale estimate of £80,000-120,000 in London. Four bidders both in the saleroom and on the telephones battled to acquire 100,000 of the artist’s seeds.  The seeds in this work of art are not from Tate Modern’s 11th Unilever Turbine Hall commission.

    Sunflower Seeds draws together many of the themes and formal concerns of Weiwei’s work to date.  Sotheby’s described it as a sculptural piece which is at once singular and complex in form and meaning.  This one was executed in 2010 and is from an edition of ten unique variants.
    This evening’s Contemporary Art evening sale realised £44,359,900.  When results from last weeks ‘Looking Closely’ sale are added it brings the total for Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction series  so far this season to £88,022,550.  This is the  second-highest total for a February Contemporary Art sales series in London, and the highest total since July 2008.
    The top lot was as Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild of 1990, which sold for £7,209,250.
    (see post for February 10)
    UPDATE: The contemporary art day auction brought in a total of  £13,930,200 at Sotheby’s on February 16.  The result brings the overall total for contemporary art at Sotheby’s this season to £101,952,750. This is well above pre-sale expectations of £56-78million.


    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.”