Phillips de Pury held a day and evening sale today that brought in a total of £6,748,663.
The day sale was £2,643,713 and the evening sale £4,104,950
31 of the 43 evening sale lots found buyers (that’s 72% for you keeping score at home)
The top lot was a Basquiat, Year of the Boar from 1983 that made £1,105,250 or just above the £900,000 low estimate.
It was a long way down from there to the next most valuable lot, a Martin Kippenberger, Big Until Great Hunger that sold for £433,250 which as also just around the low estimate.
Sterling Ruby and Jim Hodges both had work that failed to get the bidders excited and both lots sold for below the low estimates.
Elmgren + Dragset were more in demand with Marriage shooting up to £55,250 over a £35k est.
Hermann Nitsch, Margherita Manzelli, Michael Raedecker and Florian Maier-Aichen all had significant pops in their sale prices.
John Armleder, Dan Colen, Christopher Wool and On Konwara also got bidders going past the est. range. Franz West and Wim Delvoye round out the artists with winners in the sale.
Phillips probably over did the Kippenbergers in the sale with only two of the five lots finding buyers.