Sotheby’s Preview

This evening Sotheby’s will auction some truly remarkable pieces of both Post War and Contemporary Art. I was able to preview the auction over this past weekend, and was blown away by the magnitude of important works that are part of this catalogue. From Yves Klein to Gerhard Richter, and Jackson Pollock to Andy Warhol – there really is something for everyone… and by everyone, I mean the über rich. We can be guaranteed that there will be a flurry of paddles in the air tonight!

Some of my favorite artists that are represented in this sale include John Currin, Cy Twombly, and Joan Mitchell. I don’t necessarily ‘get’ what all of the commotion is over Jeff Koons – and to see the estimates that they’re expecting from his pieces, you’re perhaps scratching your heads as well. I once wrote a paper (as a lowly art history undergrad) on one of Koons’ vacuum cleaners. The professor wrote me a note to say that it was either one of the most genius things that he’d read, or one of the most absurd. I can quite safely assume that it was the latter – but hey, I got an A!

Here are some of the highlights, as well as a few of my favorite works from this evening’s auction.

Cy Twombly

Untitled – 1971

Auction Estimate: 500,000 – 700,000 USD

 

John Currin

Lydian – 2013

Auction Estimate: 500,000 – 700,000 USD

 

Dan Colen

53rd & 3rd – 2008

Auction Estimate: 600,000 – 800,000 USD

 

Donald Judd

Untitled (91-2 Bernstein) – 1991

Auction Estimate: 6,000,000 – 8,000,000 USD

 

Yves Klein

Sculpture Éponge Bleue Sans Titre, SE 168 – 1959

Auction Estimate: Upon Request

 

Cy Twombly

Untitled (Bolsena) – 1969

Auction Estimate: 10,000,000 – 15,000,000 USD

 

Barnett Newman

Onement VI – 1953

Auction Estimate: 30,000,000 – 40,000,000 USD

 

Gerhard Richter

Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan) – 1968

Auction Estimate: 30,000,000 – 40,000,000 USD

 

Mark Rothko

Untitled – 1969

Auction Estimate: 6,000,000 – 8,000,000 USD

 

Francis Bacon

Study for Portrait of P.L. – 1969

Auction Estimate: 30,000,000 – 40,000,000 USD

 

Alexander Calder

Untitled – 1951

Auction Estimate: 3,000,000 – 4,000,000 USD

 

Joan Mitchell

Champs – 1990

Auction Estimate: 1,800,000 – 2,500,000 USD

 

Jackson Pollock

The Blue Unconscious – 1946

Auction Estimate: 20,000,000 – 30,000,000 USD

 

Jeff Koons

New Hoover Celebrity IV, New Hoover Convertible, New Shelton 5 Gallon Wet/Dry,

New Shelton 10 Gallon Wet/Dry Doubledecker – 1981-1986

Auction Estimate: 10,000,000 – 15,000,000 USD

 

Joan Mitchell

County Clare – 1960

Auction Estimate: 4,500,000 – 6,000,000 USD

 

Richard Serra

On the Level – 1991

Auction Estimate: 2,000,000 – 3,000,000 USD

 

Cecily Brown

Merry Widow – 1998

Auction Estimate: 700,000 – 1,000,000 USD

 

Andy Warhol

Self-Portrait (Camouflage) – 1986

Auction Estimate: 7,000,000 – 9,000,000 USD

 

Photos via Sotheby’s