Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction on March 5th, featuring works by Freud, Basquiat and Emin raised a total of £93.2m.
Top lot of the night was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Apex, sold for £8.2 million. Three further works on paper by the artist exceeded their high estimates and achieved a combined total of £2.9m.
Lucian freud’s Head of a Boy, a portrait of Guinness heir Garech Browne from 1956 fetched £5.8m in its auction debut, while Jenny Saville’s Juncture achieved £5.7m, over 1,000 percent increase from its sale price a decade ago.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Vicki! I—I Thought I Heard your Voice from 1964, a quintessential evocation of the artist’s celebrated Pop vernacular, achieved £5.8 million.
Thirteen works by female artists were offered, including by Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Agnes Martin and Bridget Riley.
Sixty-six lots made up the sale, the highest number of lots in a Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s since October 2015, and 91 percent sold by lot, including five works reaching over £5m.
This week’s sales follow stellar results for the Contemporary Curated sale in New York, which achieved $36.8 million – the highest ever total for the Sotheby’s series.
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