The Art Newspaper covers the first day of sales:
Gone are the days when young unknowns could be unveiled at inflated prices, as art consultant Nicholas Maclean of Eykyn Maclean noted: “There’s less interest in buying average quality material. There’s more confidence: it’s a good, sensible market.”
Skarlet Smatana at L&M (D35) concurred: “You feel more secure buying historical works, if you can afford it.”
Helen Winer of Metro Pictures (D12)
- a Robert Longo triptych Northern Cathedral, 2009, for just under $500,000 to a private European buyer.
Cheim & Reid (E19)
- Louise Bourgeois’s Fôret, a recent cast of a 1953 wooden sculpture, which went to a Florida collector for $1.5m
Thaddaeus Ropac (C10),
- a range of works in the $500,000 bracket by […] Tony Cragg, whose stainless steel sculpture Inclination, 2009, was sold twice over.
Contemporary Fine Arts (E5)
- Cecily Brown painting to a South American collector for $450,000
Brighter mood as blue-chip art finds buyers at Miami Beach (The Art Newspaper)