Franz West - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, April 16, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Phillips is delighted to be bringing to auction the following group of works from a Prestigious European Collection. The Belgian collector, based in Los Angeles, trained his eye and honed his collecting capabilities alongside other collectors including Roger Vanthournout, the Architect Marc Corbiau and Antwerp gallerist Micheline Swajzer.


    Described by Michael Borremans as an ‘artist in living,’ the Belgian collector has transformed the modernist Richard Neutra House he recently acquired in Crestwood Hills, Los Angeles. It is in Los Angeles that the collector has found his home. Citing his love for Frank Sinatra the collector relates to the musicians lyrics from ‘In L.A is my lady’:


    The music she moves to, is music that makes me a dancer
    I brought her my wildest of dreams, and she came up with the answer
    I leave behind a part of myself, whenever I leave her
    But oh, when I'm back in her arms
    She smiles and then I am home again


    The house is an architectural icon, living and breathing Contemporary Art, Design, Californian lifestyle and mindfulness. The garden provides space for sculptures by artists including Richard Long, Bernd Lohaus, Franz West and Lawrence Weiner. The combination of house and garden create a perfect cocktail representing his immense connoisseurship and collecting passions.


    The Belgian collector recently acquired a Paul Rudolph Walker guesthouse at auction. This architectural sculpture will become an open platform for contemporary art and architecture, with the ability to travel around the globe to reunite creativity.


    Always approaching life with an open mind, just like a child looking at the world, the collector understands art, artists and creative people.


    • Provenance

      Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt
      The Collection of Anton & Annick Herbert, Ghent (acquired from the above in 1995)
      Christie's, London, 9 November 2011, lot 533
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Barcelona, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Public Space/Two Audiences Works and Documents from the Herbert Collection, 7 February - 1 May 2006, p. 395 (illustrated)

    • Literature

      Franz West. Artistclub, exh. cat., Belvedere 21, Vienna, 2016, no. 15, p. 52 (illustrated)

Property from a Prestigious European Collection


o.T. (Liege)

steel and leather
66.5 x 174 x 76 cm (26 1/8 x 68 1/2 x 29 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1991.

Full Cataloguing

£60,000 - 80,000 ‡♠

Contact Specialist


Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Director, Head of Day Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

+ 44 20 7318 4065



20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 April 2021