13 November 2019

Phillips' 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Realizes $40.2 Million,

Marking the Highest Day Sale Total in Company History

And a 58% Increase from the Previous Year

 

New York, 13 November 2019

Sale Total: $40,222,000 / £31,320,871 / €36,541,687

Lots Sold: 289 | Lots Offered: 339                                                                                                                                  Sold by Lot: 85% | Sold by Value: 88%

 

 

Rebekah Bowling and John McCord, Co-Heads of Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, said, “The middle market continues to grow exponentially, with today’s result marking the highest total for a Day Sale in Phillips’ history – a record we have broken season on season. Our Morning and Afternoon Sessions brought together fresh-to-market works with exceptional provenance, drawing participation from around the globe. Works from the collection of Florence Knoll Bassett performed exceptionally well, with Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square: Silent Gray leading the auction at $1,316,000. There was particularly fierce competition for Jaume Plensa’s Twins I and II, as well as Dorothea Rockburne’s Oxymoron, both of which set auction records for the artists. This steadfast and robust area of the market remains a vibrant area for collectors across the globe, and we are confident this momentum will continue into 2020.”

 

 

 

TOP TEN LOTS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

138

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Silent Gray, 1955

$400,000 - 600,000

$1,316,000

£1,024,769 /€1,195,586

157

Larry Poons, Jessica's Hartford, 1965

$800,000 - 1,200,000

$1,150,000

£895,505 /€1,044,775

359

Jaume Plensa, Twins I and II, 2009

World Auction Record for the Artist

$600,000 - 800,000

$1,130,000

£879,931 /€1,026,605

409

George Condo, The Picture Gallery, 2002

$700,000 - 1,000,000

$920,000

£716,404 /€835,820

127

Robert Indiana, LOVE (Blue Outside Red Inside), 1995

$800,000 - 1,200,000

$890,000

£693,043 /€808,565

168

Keith Haring, Untitled (Self Portrait), 1989

$500,000 - 700,000

$860,000

£669,682 /€781,310

324

KAWS, Companion (Passing Through), 2011

$300,000 - 400,000

$836,000

£650,993 /€759,506

126

Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke Head IV (Barcelona Head), 1987

$600,000 - 800,000

$800,000

£622,960 /€726,800

396

Maria Lassnig, Competition III, 2000

World Auction Record for the Artist

$280,000 - 350,000

$704,000

£548,205 /€639,584

125

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup Can #2, 1962

$600,000 - 800,000

$680,000

£529,516 /€617,780

 

 

NEW AUCTION RECORDS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

101

Dorothea Rockburne, Oxymoron, 1987-1988

$40,000 - 60,000

$93,750

£73,003 /€85,172

 

*previous record price: $66,300 set in 1997

157

Larry Poons, Jessica's Hartford, 1965

World Auction Record for a Hammer Price for Larry Poons

$800,000 - 1,200,000

$1,150,000

£895,505 /€1,044,775

 

*Hammer Price on 13 November: $1,000,000 | previous record hammer price: $960,000 set in 2014

184

Elizabeth Murray, 2. B.!, October 1990

$40,000 - 60,000

$200,000

£155,740 /€181,700

 

*previous record price: $132,000 set in 2007

198

Louise Fishman, Ida's Special, 1986

$15,000 - 20,000

$52,500

£40,882 /€47,696

 

*previous record price: $33,600 set in 2018

308

Ann Craven, Big Blue Song, 2004

$18,000 - 22,000

$81,250

£63,269 /€73,816

 

*previous record price: $36,250 set in 2018

311

Sascha Braunig, Ponytail, 2011

$15,000 - 20,000

$45,000

£35,042 /€40,883

 

*previous record price: £23,750 set in 2016

317

Noah Davis, Single Mother with Father out of the Picture,

2007-08

$40,000 - 60,000

$168,750

£131,406 /€153,309

 

*previous record price: $47,500 set in 2019

318

Jeff Sonhouse, Bubonic Bling, 2002

$40,000 - 60,000

$162,500

£126,539 /€147,631

 

*previous record price: $106,250 set in 2019

359

Jaume Plensa, Twins I and II, 2009

$600,000 - 800,000

$1,130,000

£879,931 /€1,026,605

 

*previous record price: $591,000 set in 2018

396

Maria Lassnig, Competition III, 2000

$280,000 - 350,000

$704,000

£548,205 /€639,584

 

*previous record price: €491,000 set in 2014

*Lots 129, 137, 314, 328, and 337 were sold immediately following the auction and included in the sale results.

 

 

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices Achieved include the buyer's premium and are reported net of applicable fees. 

 Phillips is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.

 

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