Bonhams – Prints and Multiples Auction Analysis

July 16, 2015

Very interesting auction took place on Tuesday, July 14 2015, at Bonhams house in London, United Kingdom. Prints and Multiples auction brought together works by masters of modern and contemporary art – from Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn and Albrecht Dürer to Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein. The auction featured prints of work by some of the most famous artists of modern and contemporary art.

Prints and Multiples auction at Bonhams achieved solid results. Some 77 percent of lots offered were sold, while the auction gathered $880.305. Prints by well-known works by famous Rembrandt had the best results when it comes to difference between hammer prices and their high estimates. His Cornelis Claesz Anslo, Preacher had +187.5 percent difference between hammer price and high estimate.

The Overview of Bonhams – Prints and Multiples Auction

Quite solid results were achieved at Prints and Multiples auction at Bonhams. The auction saw 77.4 percent of lots offered being sold. Exactly 25.8 percent of sold lots (more precisely 23 lots) changed their owners for the hammer price larger than the high estimate, as opposed to 17 lots, or 19.1 percent, being sold for the price smaller than the low estimate; 49 lots (55.1 percent of lots) were sold in range of estimated value. The highest hammer price was seen in the sales of Andy Warhol’s Alexander the Great (sold for $59.322); Pablo Picasso’s Femme au Fauteuil No.4 (sold for $59.322), and Rembrandt’s Self Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill (sold for $40.589). Average hammer price at this auction was $9.891, while the hammer price median was $7.025. The difference between average hammer price and median was -29 percent.

Speaking about the most successful lots, lots that have exceeded expectations, the winners are Rembrandt’s Cornelis Claesz Anslo, Preacher  and Self Portrait in a slant fur cap: Bust that were sold with +187.5 and +150 Pierre Soulages’s Eau-Forte IX, sold with +100 percent difference between hammer price and high estimate. On the bottom side are Rembrandt’s Menasseh Ben Israel with -33.3 percent difference between hammer price and low estimate, followed by Richard Hamilton’s (with -28.6 percent), and Rembrandt’s Peter and John healing the Cripple at the Gate of the Temple (with -25 percent).

Bonhams – Prints and Multiples Auction Analysis
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn - Christ Healing the Sick - The Hundred Guilder Print (Lot 13). Estimated at $12.489-$15.611; sold for $14.050

Bonhams – Prints and Multiples Auction Analysis
Pablo Picasso - A Los Toros vol (Lot 59). Estimated at $2.342-$3.122; sold for $2.654

Bonhams – Prints and Multiples Auction Analysis
After Pieter Bruegel the Elder - Armed Four-Master Putting Out to Sea, from Warships (Lot 34). Estimated at $2.342-$3.122; sold for $3.434

Bonhams – Prints and Multiples Auction in Detail

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Featured Images:

Andy Warhol - Hammer and Sickle (Special Edition) 7, detail [Lot 102]

Andy Waehol - Electric Chair (Lot 98)

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Four Plates from Vedute di Roma 4, detail (Lot 40)

Images courtesy of Bonhams.

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