Untitled #153 Executed in 1985
Edition of 6
Sold at: $2,770,500
Phillips de Pury
Carte Blanche 2010
Yesterday, I wrote about the preview of the Carte Blanche Auction show. I want to clarify that I was not at the evening auction. but that I went on Saturday when everybody was invited to come and view. I am far from having a $1M clearance:). One day I would love to bid, but most likely as a dealer than a buyer, but who knows where life will bring me?
Man in her life, executed in October-November 1962
Sold at: $63,362,500
It was quite exciting to view the Auction on line as well. I felt like I was holding my breath quite a few times. Andy Warhol was again the big winner, but that does not come as a surprise. An artist that really did surprise was Thomas Schutte, a German Contemporary Artist that I am not so familiar with. But look at the sold price and compare it to the Estimates.
Grosse Geist No. 16
Executed in 2000
One of three casts
(one in aluminum, one in steel and one in polished bronze)
Sold at: 4,114,500
,concieved in 1992, printed in 1993
edition of 3
Sold at: $962,500
Another of the many great successes last night was the Rudolf Stingel. An Italian living and working in New York but being shown at the Neue National Gallery in Berlin this year.
Untitled, Painted in 1990
The greatest looser of the evening was Jeff Koons, his piece "Prison" at the Carte Blanche Auction and the later Contemporary Auction piece "Caterpillar" passed. I am speculating on that the rather bad reviews regarding his latest show "Made in Heaven" a collection of more pornographic paintings which the Times critic Michael Kimmelman has called:
“cheap” and Koons “an opportunistic publicity monger whose conflation of himself and his work precipitated the self-destruction that already seems [his] fate.”
Prison (Venus) painted in 2001
Caterpillar Ladder, 2003
Watching the Phillips day sale right now, I am surprised to see that about 3 Andy Warhol pieces, just passed. I guess that is what is so exciting about an Auction, anything can happen!
I will write in the sold pieces for the pictures on yesterdays post now.
Have a fabulous day!