Pavilion of Art & Design released these sales:
Galerie Von Vertes sold two works at seven figures each: a bold red 3-slash canvas by Lucio Fontana on the fair’s opening night and a painting by Max Ernst later in the week.
Stellan Holm Gallery sold pieces by Nate Lowman in the region of $700,000 and a work on paper by Franz Kline for around $400,000.
Friedman Benda: Christopher Le Brun, Painting at Sunrise, going for £140,000.
Robin Katz: major pieces by Bridget Riley, Antony Caro and Lynn Chadwick all going to collectors. Photography specialist
Michael Hoppen sold the highlight works on his stand such as Nobuyoshi Araki’s Grand Diary of a Photo Maniac (1994) for £30,000 and William Klein’s Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris (1990) for £25,000.
David Ghezelbash: a Greek bronze tortoise shell from 400-300 BC sold rapidly, while a 6th century Etruscan head went for €250,000 and a Cycladic head for €120,000.
Gordian Weber Kunsthandel sold very well throughout the week, remarking on an exceptional crowd including several major collectors in the field of antiquities. Tribal Art dealer
Bernard Dulon sold the masterpiece of his stand within hours: a 19th Century Teke Fetish figure from the Congo with an asking price of €250,000.
SMO Gallery from Lebanon: Ouroboros (2011), a golden-scaled snake sculpture by Ranya Sarakbi, priced at £130,000.
Galerie Kreo: a Marc Newson table at €300,000, a Campana Brothers Fata Morgana mirror for €32,000, Pierre Charpin’s Carbon Shelf for €36,000, and Alessandro Mendini’s Lampada in white gold for €75,000.
Galerie Gosserez sold new pieces by Valentin Loellmann, Os & Oos and gt2p going for prices ranging from £18,000 – £30,000.
Galleria O.: Fender Lamp (2013) by Johanna Grawunder went for €12,000.
Modernity: Gerrit Rietveld’s set of four Zig Zag chairs (1958) for £60,000, a ‘Paimio’ armchair made by Alvar Alto for Artek (1940s), a set of Poul Henningsen table lamps (1926) from the first year of production for £40,000, and a set of Ib Kofoed Larsen ‘Elizabeth’chairs (1958) for £35,000.
Art in America’s Iphigenia Baal made this observation:
No one is forthcoming about what they are selling, for how much and to whom, but A.i.A. did overhear one dealer comparing shopping styles. “The Europeans walk round for days writing notes, then do all their buying on the Sunday. If the Americans want it, they buy on the spot.” One pair of arty spectacles with a New York City rasp dropped $80,000 on two Warhol drawings at New York’s Cheim & Read with the comment, “I just came off my medication this morning!”
And Scott Reyburn had this:
Dealers at Frieze and at the Pavilion of Art & Design in Berkeley Square, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed resentment and said Frieze Masters was a “distraction.” They said that reservations on works for the VIP day of Frieze had been canceled after the opening of Masters and that with so many events to cover, buyers weren’t making return visits.