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    Friday, July 10th, 2020

    Roy Lichtenstein’s Nude with Joyous Painting was the top lot at Christie’s global sale of the 20th century today. It made $46,242,500 in a worldwide auction that realised $420,941,042. The live streamed sale kicked off in Hong Kong before moving on to Paris, London and finally New York.

    Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s remarked: “Today’s sale sends three important messages for now and for the future: despite a challenging economic environment, the demand for works of art of great quality remains very strong; the market is more global than ever, with significant activity from the Americas but also from Europe and Asia; and innovation and adaptability is key – our clients have embraced our creative presentation and sale format combining live and online experiences.”

    Roy Lichtenstein’s Nude with Joyous Painting


    Sunday, June 7th, 2020

    Change is gathering pace in the global art market.  The restrictions wrought by pandemic has forced the market to adapt in all sorts of inventive ways. ONE: A global sale of the 20th Century is a new auction event at Christie’s on July 10.  Using streaming technology Christie’s will hold a relay style auction of Impressionist and Modern, Post War and Contemporary art and design across four time zones.  The aim is to create an engaging platform for selling major works of art  to a global audience. With $20-30 million works like Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger Version F, Lichtenstein’s monumental Nude with joyous painting and Ed Ruscha’s Annie all available this amounts to a further blurring of the line between digital and live sales. There will be four consecutive sessions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York. It will replace New York’s 20th Century evening sale originally scheduled for June 22.
    In this brave new topsy turvy world Oliver Barker, an auctioneer at Sotheby’s, will take to the rostrum in London on June 29 to conduct an auction in New York. This digital auction, live streamed in high definition around the world, will allow bidders participate by phone or online, in a sale of Contemporary Art immediately followed by the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale.  These big ticket sales at Sotheby’s were originally scheduled for New York in May.  Works can be viewed online from June 8 or by appointment at Sotheby’s Manhattan galleries. Francis Bacon’s 1981 “Triptych inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus” is estimated to make at least $60 million.  Bacon’s theme of divine punishment is taken from Aeschylus’s most famous trilogy The Oresteia in which Clytemnestra murders her husband Agamemnon in revenge for the sacrifice of their daugher Iphigenia.  When Orestes finds out he kills his mother to avenge his fathers death, provoking the avenging Furies who drive Orestes insane as a punishment. At times like this the highest levels of the art market tend to be best insulated against price drops largely because sellers at these stratified levels can afford to hold back. There was a 5% drop in the global art market last year, representing a $3.3 billion drop in sales over the stellar year of 2018.  Digital sales by major auction houses so far this year have been highly successful with many lots going over estimate.  Expectations are high.

    Roy Lichtenstein – Nude with joyous painting. UPDATE: THIS MADE $46,242,500


    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

    With 37 online auctions totalling nearly $70 million since March Sotheby’s reports increased collector engagement. An update today from ceo Charles Stewart highlighted their plan to hold evening and day sales of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art in New York the week of June, 29 pending the lifting of certain restrictions and confirmation from the relevant authorities. The Spring sales series in Hong Kong will take place from July 5-11.

    Sotheby’s has invested in its “buy now” capability with significant inventory for sale. The Gallery Network launched with some of New York’s most pre-eminent galleries allows galleries make immediate sales through Sotheby’s website. The ceo reports continued demand and competition for rare and iconic works across categories. A Cartier tutti frutti bracelet achieved $1.3 million last week.

    Roy Lichtenstein’s White Brushstroke I from 1965 will be a highlight Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in New York on the week beginning June 29.


    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

    Many major names are included in Whyte’s auction of Irish & International Art at the RDS, Dublin on September 16.   The sale boasts many of the premier names in Irish art including Jack Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, May Guinness, Daniel O’Neill, Nathaniel Hone, Basil Blackshaw along with international artists such as Andy Warhol and Raoul Dufy. The Butler Gallery benefit auction of Contemporary art is included too. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    James Arthur O’Connor – Figure in a wooded landscape (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER
    Roy Lichtenstein – Une fenetre ouvert sur Chicago from the new fall of America 1992 (etching – 3,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

    Works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.

    More than 300 lots by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol will come up at Christie’s two-day sale of  Prints and Multiples in New York  on October 23-24.  This sale includes modern works by Marc Chagall, Edward Hopper, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso.  There is a complete set of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II screenprints, 1969 (sold individually).  They are from the estate of Dr. Giuseppe Rossi, the chest and vascular surgeon credited with saving the artist’s life on June 3, 1968, after he was shot by radical feminist and playwright Valerie Solanas. The incident had a profound effect on Warhol and this group of screenprints was given to the doctor as a gesture of the artist’s immense gratitude.


    Monday, December 5th, 2016

    Paul Henry - Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    Paul Henry – Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    The final figures are not yet in but Morgan O’Driscoll Irish and International art auction grossed over one million euro at the RHA in Dublin this evening.  Characterised by spirited bidding in the room and on the internet this was his most successful sale ever and his best result since March 2008.  There were a number of bidders from the UK, when Mr. O’Driscoll held viewings last week.

    The three Paul Henry’s in the sale all attracted spirited bidding. The top Henry, Evening in Achill, made a hammer price of 135,0o0. The Palladian Bridge at Wilton by Sir John Lavery made 42,000 at hammer, Louis le Brocquy’s Study towards an image of William Shakespeare made a hammer of 26,000, The Hurdy Gurdy player by Sir Walter Osborne made 36,000 at hammer, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamps, 1990 made a hammer of 37,000, Festival 2006 by Banksy made 23,000 and Andy Warhol’s Martha Graham Lamentation made 15,000 at hammer.  Three Boatmen by Dan O’Neill made 23,000 and The Sage by Michael Flatley sold for 27,000. Bronze Famine Ship, a unique piece by John Behan from 2014, sold for 19,000 at hammer and Nude on a Couch by Roderic O’Conor made 17,000.

    (See post on for November 29, 2018)


    Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

    Art by Paul Henry, Basil Blackshaw, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Banksy are among a diverse selection at the Irish and International art auction by Morgan O’Driscoll at the RHA Gallery in Dublin on December 5 at 6 p.m.  The international selection includes Lichtenstein’s Red Lamps (1990) numbered 23/60 from his Interior Series (35,000-45,000), Festival (2006) by Banksy with a Pest Control Certificate of Authenticity (15,000-20,000) and Martha Graham: Lamentation (1986) by Andy Warhol (6,000-9,000).  There is a selection of Irish work from artists as diverse as Donald Teskey, Letitia Marion Hamilton, Charles Tyrrell, Nano Reid, Robert Ballagh, Markey Robinson, Hughie O’Donoghue, John Behan and John Noel Smith.  The catalogue, with 161 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    John Behan - Migrating Swans (2015) (12,000-15,000)

    John Behan – Migrating Swans (2015) (12,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,500 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry - Evening in Achill (1930-38) (120,000-180,000)

    Paul Henry – Evening in Achill (1930-38) (120,000-180,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 135,000 AT HAMMER

    Basil Blackshaw - Look Out (2005) (20,000-40,000)

    Basil Blackshaw – Look Out (2005) (20,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

    Roy Lichtenstein - Red Lamps (1990) - Interior Series (35,000-45,000)

    Roy Lichtenstein – Red Lamps (1990) – Interior Series (35,000-45,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 37,000 AT HAMMER

    Hughie O'Donoghue - Red Earth VI (1995) (25,000-35,000)

    Hughie O’Donoghue – Red Earth VI (1995) (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 28,000 AT HAMMER


    Friday, May 8th, 2015

    In the early 1960’s American art went Pop.  Roy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement) from 1962 is one of the most subtle and complex works from this period, epitomizing as it does Lichtenstein’s hot and cold approach – hot in his choice of dramatic subject matter, cold in its graphic execution and painted just as his first marriage was ending. Estimated at around $50 million the work comes up at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in New York on May 12. It is from the collection of Chicago businessman and philanthropist Stefan T. Edlis. Here is a video from Sotheby’s about it.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $41,690,000