14 November 2019

Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Realizes $108 Million,

Marking a 22% Increase from the Previous Year


New York, 14 November 2019


Evening Sale Total: $108,143,000 / £83,962,225 / €98,096,515


Combined Total for the Week: $148,365,000 / £115,283,096 / €134,638,202


 Lots Sold: 40 | Lots Offered: 42           Sold by Lot: 95% | Sold by Value: 98%




Jean-Paul Engelen and Robert Manley, Phillips’ Worldwide Co-Heads of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said, “At $108 million, our November Evening Sale marked a 22% increase from the previous year, in addition to the 58% increase in our Day Sale. As we find ourselves in a more reserved and discerning market, buyers are still eager to acquire truly remarkable works. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s The Ring realized $15 million and we were delighted to see such enthusiasm for Norman Rockwell’s Before the Shot, which sold for $4.7 million to a contemporary collector, a testament to our deliberate strategy of bringing together works from across different collecting categories. As more and more private collectors are entrusting their works to Phillips, we were able to assemble a sale that was fresh-to-market, with all but one work hailing from private collections. This strong Evening Sale result came on the heels of the highest Day Sale total in company history, a record we have broken for six consecutive seasons, underscoring the continued growth of Phillips.”






Price Achieved


Jean Michel Basquiat, The Ring, 1981

$10,000,000 - 15,000,000


£11,673,174 /€13,638,249


Philip Guston, Smoking II, 1973

$6,000,000 - 8,000,000


£5,945,283 /€6,946,118


Andy Warhol, Late Four-Foot Flowers, 1967

$6,000,000 - 8,000,000


£5,769,040 /€6,740,207


Pablo Picasso, Femme assise dans un fauteuil, 1948

$5,000,000 - 7,000,000


£3,742,248 /€4,372,222


Norman Rockwell, Before the Shot, 1958

$2,500,000 - 4,500,000


£3,649,080 /€4,263,370


Joan Miró, Paysan catalan inquiet par le passage d'un vol d'oiseaux, 1952

$7,000,000 - 10,000,000


£3,555,912 /€4,154,518


Alberto Giacometti, Portrait of G. David Thompson, 1957

$5,000,000 - 7,000,000


£3,276,408 /€3,827,962


Ed Ruscha, Start Over Please, 2015

$3,500,000 - 4,500,000


£3,276,408 /€3,827,962


Yoshitomo Nara, Little Thinker, 2000

$3,500,000 - 4,500,000


£3,140,538 /€3,669,220


Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1969

$2,500,000 - 3,500,000


£2,903,736 /€3,392,554






Price Achieved


Sean Scully, Red Bar, 2003-2004

$900,000 - 1,200,000


£1,366,464 /€1,596,496


*previous record price: HKD13,375,000 set in 2019



Please click here for images of the Top Ten lots from the Evening Sale, along with saleroom photographs:




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Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.

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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.



PRESS CONTACT: Jaime Israni, Senior Public Relations Manager               jisrani@phillips.com                   +1 212 940 1398