SALE TOTAL: $364,379,000
85% Sold by lot
Sale Estimate $336,650,000 – 474,000,000
Tonight’s auction saw a sell through rate of 85%, marking the 12th consecutive Evening Sale of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s New York with a sell-through rate of over 80%.
o 51% of sold works brought above their high estimates.
Global participation evident throughout the sale process:
o Works consigned from 13 countries on five continents sought after by participants from 37 countries including 33% from outside the US, and with significant participation from Latin America and Asia.
Tonight’s offering of 19 works from The Sender Collection was 100% sold, totaling $44,591,000 (est. $21.2/30 million):
o Six artist records were set with 84% of the lots bringing prices above the high estimate
o Led by the Untitled Martin Kippenberger which sold for $5,541,000 (est. $3/4 million).
o Other highlights include Rosemarie Trockel’s Untitled textile which sold for $4,981,000 to set a new record for the artist (est. $1.5/2m); Untitled (September 14, 19) by Keith Haring which fetched $4,869,000, also an artist record; and Urs Fischer’s What if the Phone Ringsthat brought 3,525,000 ($1.2/1.8 million).
o The Sender Collection is a pioneering assemblage of Contemporary Art which will be sold over the next 18 months with 83 lots offered tomorrow in the Day Sale.
o Overall nine artist records set for Rosemarie Trockel, Dan Flavin, Adam McEwen, Matthew Barney, Sarah Lucas, Keith Haring (two prices above previous record), James Rosenquist, Wade Guyton, and Julian Schnabel.
o Five medium records for Glenn Ligon, Mark Grotjahn, Richard Serra, Dan Colen, and Mike Kelley.
The sale was led by Andy Warhol’s Six Self-Portraits which sold for $30,125,000 (est. $25/35m)
o The group of self-portraits had been in the same private collection since they were acquired from the landmark show at the Anthony d’Offay gallery in July 1986.
o Other Warhol highlights include Big Electric Chair which sold for $20,437,000 and 12 Mona Lisas (Reversal Series) which fetched $11,365,000.
The cover lot, Popeye by Jeff Koons sold for $28,165,000 (est. in excess of $25 million):
o The first sculpture of Popeye by the artist to appear at auction.
o A new benchmark for late sculpture by the artist.
o Purchased by Steve Wynn was and will be going on view at his casino in Las Vegas