HOLY SHIT! Selects From Sotheby’s
Written by: Efrem Zelony-Mindell

New York City, May 9th 2015. Auction houses are open for business, and have been filled with contemporary art spanning many decades. There’s always the scent of blood in the air. It’s an exciting battle between Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The winner isn’t in dollars and cents. For me the winner has the best view. And as always there’s a clear winner. Below are “best bets” from Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction.


Willem de Kooning

1904-1997

Untitled

oil on canvas

54 x 60 in.

Executed in 1977

$8,000,000-12,000,000

PRICE REALIZED: $6,074,000


Cy Twombly

1928-2011

Untitled (New York City)

oil based house paint, was crayon and lead pencil on canvas

45 1/8 x 53 1/4 in.

Dated 1956 (signed NYC 1985)

$5,000,000 – 7,000,000

PASSED


David Hammons

b. 1943

Untitled

Mixed media on canvas

92 x 72 in.

Executed in 2010

$2,000,000 – 3,000,000

PRICE REALIZED: $2,290,000


Jean-Michel Basquiat

1960-1988

Untitled

29 1/2 x 41 7/8 in.

Dated 86

$800,000 – 1,200,000

PRICE REALIZED: $1,030,000


Anselm Kiefer

b. 1945

Le dormeur du val

oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac and sediment of electrolysis on photograph mounted on canvas

74 1/4 x 129 7/8 in.

Executed in 2014

$600,000 – 800,000

PRICE REALIZED: $1,330,000


Mark Bradford

b. 1961

Smear

Mixed media and collage on canvas

96 x 72 in.

Dated 2015

$500,000 – 700,000

PRICE REALIZED: $4,394,000


Mark Rothko

1903-1970

Untitled (Yellow and Blue)

oil on canvas

95 5/8 x 73 1/2 in.

Executed in 1954

$40,000,000 – 60,000,000

PRICE REALIZED: $46,450,000


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