Christie’s presented part two of its pandemic response series of 20th century art sales today– a mix of impressionist, modern and contemporary, Western and Asian art, which realised a reasonable $119.3 million, against an estimate of $94.9 million-$147 million (unless otherwise stated sale prices include the buyers’ premium, estimates do not) with just 5 lots going unsold. Like July's ONE sale, it was live-streamed from Hong Kong from 9:30 pm local time, where the first section of the sale had been organized, and then during the morning in New York for the remainder. Unlike the ONE sale, Paris and London were left to stage their most recent auctions separately.
At the final count, Hong Kong appeared to have had the healthier result with $52.4 million for 19 lots, of which 8 were guaranteed, while, although New York took the larger sum of $66.9 million, it was for 31 lots, of which 14 were guaranteed.
Alex Rotter, Christie's Chairman of the 20th and 21st Century Art department put a shine on the performance following the auction. “This week’s sale series in both Hong Kong and New York are a fitting coda to an innovative and re-imagined fall sale season for 20th and 21st Century Art, which started in early October with a $387.2 million sale series, and continued in London and Paris with $141.3 million more," Rotter said in a statement.
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