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    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, November 13th, 2015
    This rare large scale Mao by Andy Warhol sold for $47.5 million.

    This rare large scale Mao by Andy Warhol sold for $47.5 million.

    The November auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art and the collection of Alfred Taubman totaled  $1.153 billion at Sotheby’s in New York. The company announced today that it will achieve its highest annual sales in these categories in 2015. The Taubman sale achieved $419.7 million; Impressionist and Modern sales on November 5 and 6 achieved $360.1 million and contemporary art on November 12 brought in $373.2 million.

    The series included Cy Twombly’s Blackboard painting which, at $70.5 million, was the most highly priced lot sold at Sotheby’s during 2015.


    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
    Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Martha Graham:  Letter to the World (The Kick).

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 34,000 AT HAMMER.

    An action packed 1986 screen print by Andy Warhol comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale of Irish and International Art at the RDS in Dublin on April 20.  Martha Graham, Letter to the World (The Kick) is a unique screen print in colours on Lenox Museum Board.  It is a unique colour variant aside from the edition of 100 published by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance  Inc., New York with the artist’s estate stamp.  There was as well 25 artist’s proofs.

    The provenance for this work lists the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Taylor Gallery, Belfast from where it was purchased by the present owner.  It is estimated at 25,000-35,000.

    For the first time Morgan O’Driscoll will hold a London viewing of highlights from his Irish sale.  The venue is La Galleria, Pall Mall and viewing takes place there on April 13, 14 and 15.  The auction is on view in Skibbereen over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and viewing at the RDS begins on April 17.


    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 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 post for January 11.