Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Auctions: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, October 14 and 15, 2010 @Christie's King Street

Christie's comes to market second in the Fall London season, with its Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day auctions at King Street on the 14th and 15th. The top lots include Gilbert & George, Sherman, Gursky, Wall and Demand. Overall, there are 40 photography lots on offer across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of £1714500.

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 5
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £20500

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 18
Total Mid Estimate: £254000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 17
Total High Estimate: £1440000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 21, Gilbert & George, Frozen Youth, 1982, at £250000-350000. (Image at right, top, via Christie's.) The next highest lot is lot 44, Cindy Sherman, Untitled (#412), 2003, at £100000-200000, a very scary clown indeed. (Image at right, bottom, via Christie's.)
Here is the list of photographers who are represented by two or more lots in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Hiroshi Sugimoto (7)
Nobuyoshi Araki (4)
Thomas Ruff (4)
Idris Khan (2)
Vik Muniz (2)
The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).

October 14th

October 15th

8 King Street, St. James's
London SW1Y 6QT

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