You remember last time we said that this is going to be one crazy auction week? Well, it's here, and lots of millions of dollars will be spent in next 7 days for contemporary art. We have chosen 10 top auctions for you, and we could have easily picked 10 more. However, we have limited ourselves to five auction houses - Christie's, Sotheby's, Phillips, Bonhams and Doyle. First of all, we'll focus on Bonhams New York - on May 11 there'll be Post-War and Contemporary Prints & Multiples, and on Tuesday, May 12, Post-War & Contemporary Art auction. There are three more auctions on May 12 - all in New York: Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby's, Post War & Contemporary Day Sale at Christie's, and Post-War & Contemporary Art at Doyle. On Wednesday, May 13, two auctions will take place at two biggest auction houses in the world - Christie's New York (Post War & Contemporary Evening Sale) and Sotheby's New York (Contemporary Art Day Auction). On Thursday, May 14, at Phillips New York, Contemporary Art Evening Sale will take place, and on the same day Post War & Contemporary Day Sale auction will take off at Christie's New York. Finally, on Friday, May 15, Contemporary Art Day Sale will occur at Phillips New York. Now, let's go to details of each auction of this big auction week.
There'll be a lot of Andy Warhol's artwork at Bonhams' auction of Post-War And Contemporary Prints & Multiples in New York on Monday, May 11 (starting at 1 PM), but Wayne Thiebaud's Candy Apples from 1987 (Lot 142) will be the highest priced lot with estimated price at $40,000 - $50,000. Frank Stella's Estoril Five I, From Circuits from 1982 (Lot 136) should be sold for $25,000 - $35,000, as well as two Warhol's works: Witch, From Myths from 1981 (Lot 154) and Blackglama (Judy Garland), From Ads from 1985 (Lot 156). Roy Lichtenstein's Shipboard Girl from 1965 (Lot 102) should change hands for $20,000 - $30,000, while Robert Motherwell's Mexican Night II from 1984 (Lot 109) and another Warhol's work, Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan), From Ads from 1985 (Lot 157) are estimated at $15,000 - 20,000. Jesús Rafael Soto's Escultura Cinética (Sotomagie), From Permutacions from 1967 (Lot 135) and Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog Blue from 1995 (Lot 99) are both estimated at $8,000 - $12,000, and Arman's Untitled (Molting Statue Of Liberty) from 1992 (Lot 44) is one of the last lots that could be sold for a five-figure price, as it is estimated at $7,000 - $10,000.
On the next day, on Tuesday, May 12, at 4 PM, another auction (Post-War & Contemporary Art) will take place at Bonhams New York, only this time with a lot - A LOT - more money involved. Alexander Calder's The Mountain from 1960 (Lot 6) should be easily sold for more than a half a million, as it is estimated at $600,000 - $800,000. Josef Albers' Homage To The Square: "Suspended" from 1953 (Lot 17) could also go for a half a million dollars (estimated at $300,000 - $500,000), Andy Warhol's Heaven And Hell Are Just One Breath Away (Positive And Negative) from 1985 (Lot 15) should change hands for $200,000 - $300,000, while Robert Indiana's Love from 1965 (Lot 5) and Jean-Paul Riopelle's Untitled (From The Iceberg Series) that is executed at 1977 (Lot 30) are both estimated at $150,000 - $200,000. Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled from 1986 (Lot 13) and Keith Haring's Untitled from 1984 (Lot 11) should change hands for $100,000 - $150,000 each, and two works by Victor Vasarely - Tridim-C from 1968 (Lot 29) and OND-III, 1968 (Lot 28) are both estimated at $80,000 - $120,000. Two more artworks could go over $100,000 - Jean-Paul Riopelle's Composition from 1974 (Lot 31) (estimated at $70,000 - $90,000) and Maurizio Cattelan's Untitled from 1996 (Lot 14) (estimated at $60,000 - $80,000).
If you've thought that the previous auction at Bonhams had a lot of money engaged, than brace yourselves: as every Evening auction, this one at Sotheby's New York will have the premium lots that cost a lot of money. This time, though, a lot of money will mean, literally, several hundred millions of dollars. Not bad for one evening sale, huh? Contemporary Art Evening Auction will take place at 7 PM, and it will offer, amongst other, rare and extraodrinary works of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism and Postmodernism. Three top-priced lots are left unestimated (this, as you will see, will be the case of Christie's Evening Sale, as well) - Roy Lichtenstein's The Ring (Engagement) from 1962 (Lot 15), Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild from 1992 (Lot 22) and Sigmar Polke's Dschungel (Jungle) from 1967 (Lot 8). First lot with the estimated value is Mark Rothko's Untitled (Yellow And Blue) from 1954 (Lot 11), and it should be sold for $40,000,000 - $60,000,000. Jackson Pollock's Number 12 from 1950 (Lot 31) should change hands for $15,000,000 - $20,000,000, Andy Warhol's Mao from 1973 (Lot 19) for $13,000,000 - $16,000,000, Christopher Wool's Untitled (Riot) from 1990 (Lot 7) for $12,000,000 - $18,000,000, and three works are estimated at $8,000,000 - $12,000,000: Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park #41 from 1972 (Lot 35), Yves Klein's Accord Bleu (RE 52) from 1952 (Lot 33) and Willem De Kooning's Untitled from 1977 (Lot 38). Jean-Michel Basquiat's World Crown from 1981 (Lot 27) could also be sold for an eight-figure price (estimated at $7,000,000 - $10,000,000), while Franz Kline's Flanders from 1961 (Lot 36), Francis Bacon's Untitled (Man On A Chaise Longue) from 1953 (Lot 29), Andy Warhol's Superman from 1981 (Lot 6) and Willem De Kooning's Yellow Woman from 1952 (Lot 18) are estimated at $6,000,000 - $8,000,000 each.
On Tuesday, May 12 in the morning (at 9 AM), Sesion I of Post-war And Contemporary Art Day Sale will take place at Christie's New York at Rockefeller Plaza. The highest priced lot will be Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild from 1989 (Lot 202) that is estimated at $2,000,000 - $3,000,000, Jeff Koons' Moustache from 2003 (Lot 150) should be sold for $1,800,000 - $2,500,000, while Andy Warhol's Camouflage from 1987 (Lot 152) and another Richter's work, Abstraktes Bild from 1986 (Lot 200) are both estimated at $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. Warhol's Marilyn (Reversal) from 1979 (Lot 149) and Donald Judd's Untitled from 1967 (Lot 158) should be sold for $1,200,000 - $1,800,000 each, Mark Tansey's Study Of The Shades Of Mont Saint Victoire from 1989 (Lot 146) should also go for a seven-figure price (estimated at $1,000,000 - $1,500,000), as well as Keith Haring's Untitled from 1988 (Lot 183) ($800,000 - $1,200,000) and Anish Kapoor's Untitled from 2010 (Lot 154) ($750,000 - $1,000,000). Sterling Ruby's SP22 from 2008 (Lot 137) is estimated at $700,000 - $900,000, as well as Richard Prince's The Bomb Is Ticking from 1989 (Lot 188) and Andreas Gursky's Engadin II from 2006 (Lot 207), while Jeff Koons' Sheep (Yellow) from 1999 (Lot 153) and Rudolf Stingel's Untitled from 2003 (Lot 132) will have the same low estimate ($700,000), but higher high estimate - $1,000,000. Takashi Murakami's And Then, And Then And Then And Then And Then from 1996 (Lot 173) should be sold for $600,000 - $800,000, and three lots are estimated at $500,000 - $700,000: Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild from 1980 (Lot 195), Andy Warhol's Camouflage from 1986 (Lot 180) and Damien Hirst's Freedom from 2007 (Lot 239)
Third and final auction on Tuesday, May 12, will take place at Doyle auction house in New York at 11 AM. This auction - Post-War & Contemporary Art - will feature works by European, American, Latin American and Asian artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, works that belong to Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Op Art, Fluxus and Street Art styles, amongst others. Marino Marini's Composizione Rossa from 1955 (Lot 27) will be the priciest lot, as it is estimated at $100,000 - $200,000. Harry Bertoia's Untitled (Dandelion), executed in the 60's (Lot 40) should be sold for $120,000 - $180,000, Edward Ruscha's Thinking the Same from 1974 (Lot 63) is estimated at $60,000 - $80,000, while another Bertoia's work Untitled (Bush), also from the sixties (Lot 41) and Clement Meadmore's 'Round Midnight from 1996 (Lot 44) are both estimated at $50,000 - $70,000. Bernard Meadows' Startled Bird from 1955 (Lot 29) should be sold for $40,000 - $60,000, Ruud Van Empel's Boy from 2014 (Lot 78) for $40,000 - $50,000, while Bertoia's Bush from 1960 (Lot 42) and Claudio Bravo's Old Donkey from 2005 (Lot 56) should be sold for $30,000 - $50,000 each. Several artworks are estimated at $15,000-20,000: Karel Appel's Untitled from 1959 (Lot 31) and Figure (Lot 32), Jimmy Ernst's Image Scape #29 from 1962 (Lot 10), Martin Wong's Liberty Mourning the Death of Her Sister - Beijing from 1989 (Lot 76), Ray Parker's Untitled, #P-141 from 1964 (Lot 17) and Shepard Fairey's Flag from 2010 (Lot 82).
Contemporary Art Day Auction at Sotheby's will be the continuation of Contemporary Art Evening Auction: this day auction will be split in two sessions, first (lots 101 - 294) at 9:30 PM, and second (lots 401 - 613) at 2 PM. The auction will include works from the Post-War period to present, and the most expensive lot of the day will be Tauba Auerbach's Untitled (Fold) from 2010 (Lot 449), which is estimated at $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. Joan Mitchell's Untitled from 1960 (Lot 122) could also achieve $2 million (estimated at $1,500,000 - $2,000,000), Alexander Calder's Red Eyed Dragon from 1950 (Lot 110) should be sold for $1,200,000 - $1,800,000, while Christopher Wool's Untitled (P22) from 1987 (Lot 471) and Vija Celmins' Long Ocean from 1973 (Lot 168) are both estimated at $1,000,000 - $1,500,000. Several works should also achieve seven-figure prices: Rudolf Stingel's Untitled from 1997 (Lot 458), Marc Quinn's Myth (Fortuna) from 2007 (Lot 544) Ellsworth Kelly's Untitled from 1983 (Lot 172), John Chamberlain's Untitled from 1964 (Lot 126), Robert Motherwell's Open No. 164 executed in 1970-77 (Lot 124) (each of these artworks is estimated at $800,000 - $1,200,000), Richard Prince's Untitled (Kate Moss & Sid Vicious) from 2008 (Lot 467) and Willem de Kooning's Woman VII from 1961 (Lot 118) (both estimated at $700,000 - $1,000,000).
So, here it is: another spectacular evening sale, this time it's Post-War And Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie's New York, at Rockefeller Plaza at 6:30 PM, on May 13. As well as did the people from Sotheby's, Christie's also didn't announced estimated values of the most priced lots - Andy Warhol's Colored Mona Lisa from 1963 (Lot 26 B), Francis Bacon's Portrait Of Henrietta Moraes from 1963 (Lot 23 B) and Mark Rothko's No. 10 from 1958 (Lot 35 B). Among those lots that are estimated, Cy Twombly's Untitled from 1969 (Lot 43 B) will should achieve the highest hammer price, as it is estimated at $35,000,000 - $55,000,000. Lucian Freud's Benefits Supervisor Resting from 1994 (Lot 31 B) should go a "bit" lower (estimated at $30,000,000 - $50,000,000), Jean-Michel Basquiat's The Field Next To The Other Road from 1981 (Lot 55 B) should change hands for $25,000,000 - $35,000,000 and Franz Kline's Steeplechase from 1960 (Lot 45 B) is estimated at $18,000,000 - $22,000,000. Martin Kippenberger's Untitled from 1988 (Lot 57 B) and Christopher Wool's Untitled from 1990 (Lot 60 B) should both go for $15,000,000 - $20,000,000, and Jeff Koons' Louis XIV from 1986 (Lot 58 B), Robert Ryman's Bridge from 1980 (Lot 38 B) and Willem De Kooning's Untitled V from 1980 (Lot 39 B) are estimated at $10,000,000 - $15,000,000 each. Brice Marden's Blue Horizontal, executed in 1986-87 (Lot 48 B) and Andy Warhol's Gun from 1981-82 (Lot 54 B) are both estimated at $9,000,000 - $12,000,000, Franz Kline's Provincetown II from 1959 (Lot 49 B) at $8,000,000 - $12,000,000, and three more works are estimated at $7,000,000 - $9,000,000: Jeff Koons' Triple Elvis from 2009 (Lot 61 B), Willem De Kooning's Untitled X from 1983 (Lot 47 B) and Andy Warhol's Fragile–Handle With Care from 1962 (Lot 27 B).
Yet another evening sale is about to happen next week, and this time it's Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Phillips New York, on Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM. As in other evening sales this week, evening sale at Phillips will also gather humonguos amount of money - perhaps a bit less than the evening sales at Christie's and Sotheby's, but nevertheless, this will also be a spectacular auction. At Phillips they didn't hide estimated values of some lots - estimation for every lot is available, and the highest price should achieve Francis Bacon's Seated Woman from 1961 (Lot 33), that is estimated at $25,000,000 - $35,000,000. Brice Marden's Elements (Hydra) from 1999-2000/2001 (Lot 17) should be sold $8,000,000 - $12,000,000, and Jean-Michel Basquiat's Krong Thip (Torso) from 1983 (Lot 9) could be bought for $4,000,000 - $6,000,000, as well as Rudolf Stingel's Untitled from 2012 (Lot 10). Mark Tansey's Hedge from 2011 (Lot 12) is estimated at $3,500,000 - $4,500,000, Fernand Léger's Objets Dans L'Espace (Objects In Space) from 1931 (Lot 36) and Agnes Martin's Untitled #7 from 1984 (Lot 44) are both estimated at $2,500,000 - $3,500,000, while Alexander Calder's Janey Waney (Intermediate Maquette) from 1969 (Lot 31), Cy Twombly's Untitled from 1960 (Lot 32) and Frank Stella's Double Scramble from 1978 (Lot 37) are estimated at $2,000,000 - $2,500,000 each. Ed Ruscha's Porch Crop from 2001 (Lot 19) should be sold for $1,800,000 - $2,500,000, Robert Ryman's Sign from 1982 (Lot 46) and John Currin's The Owens from 1994 (Lot 57) could be bought for $1,500,000 - $2,500,000 each, while Urs Fischer's Untitled (Candle) from 2001 (Lot 5) and Christopher Wool's Untitled (S176) from 2005 (Lot 7) are both estimated at $1,400,000 - $1,800,000.
On Thursday, May 14 at New York, at Rockefeller Plaza, Post-War And Contemporary Art Day Sale Session II will happen at Christie's, after Post-War And Contemporary Art Day Sale Session I and Post-War And Contemporary Art Evening Sale that are scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday. This time, three lots are the most expensive: Jean Dubuffet's Vue De Paris, Le Petit Commerce from 1944 (Lot 425), Kazuo Shiraga's Kaneyoshi from 1961 (Lot 432) and Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) from 1967 (Lot 542), which are all estimated at $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. Adolph Gottlieb's Burst #3 from 1967 (Lot 536) should be sold for $1,400,000 - $1,800,000, Alexander Calder's Untitled (Demi Cône) from 1972 (Lot 513) for $1,250,000 - $1,800,000, while Kenneth Noland's A Warm Sound In A Gray Field from 1961 (Lot 505) and Joan Mitchell's Magnolia from 1978 (Lot 553) are both estimated at $1,200,000 - $1,800,000. Four works should be sold between $1,000,000 and $1,500,000 - Hans Hofmann's Evening Magic from 1965 (Lot 532), John Chamberlain's Rosetuxedo from 2003 (Lot 538), Jeff Koons' Snorkel Vest from 1985 (Lot 474) and Robert Motherwell's The Big A from 1986-87 (Lot 522). Ruth Asawa's Untitled, S. 080 (Hanging Five-Lobed Continuous Form Within A Form) from 1950 (Lot 521), Andy Warhol's Liza from 1978 (Lot 543), John Chamberlain's No Schmoz Ka Pop from 1991 (Lot 534) and Willem De Kooning's Untitled (The Commuter) from 1971-72 (Lot 509) are all estimated at $700,000 - $900,000, while six more artworks could be bought for $600,000 - $800,000: George Segal's The Dinner Table from 1962 (Lot 506), Philip Guston's The Day from 1964 (Lot 533), Mel Ramos' The Green Lantern from 1962 (Lot 547), Michelangelo Pistoletto's Cane Che Sbadiglia, executed in 1962-67 (Lot 456), Andy Warhol's Jackie from 1964 (Lot 458) and Joan Mitchell's Untitled from 1974 (Lot 571).
Finally, the last of ten upcoming auctions next week that will be in our focus is Contemporary Art Day Sale in Phillips New York, that will happen on Friday, May 15, at 11 AM. According to estimated values, not a single lot will be sold for half a million or more, as the highest estimated lot is Mark Bradford's Untitled from 2001 (Lot 175), which should change hands for $350,000 - $450,000, as well as Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild (454-4) from 1980 (Lot 239). Damien Hirst's The McLean from 2006 (Lot 208) is estimated at $300,000 - $500,000, Lisa Yuskavage's Scout from 2012 (Lot 212) should be sold for $300,000 - $400,000, while Thomas Demand's Yellowcake (Embassy I, II, III, IV, IV.a, V, VI, VII, VII.a) from 2007 (Lot 142), Roy Lichtenstein's Red Apple (Study) from 1980 (Lot 195) and Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled from 1983 (Lot 204) are estimated at $250,000 - $350,000 each. Several artworks should be sold for $200,000 - $300,000: Fred Sandback's Untitled from 1972 (Lot 136), Tony Cragg's Round The Block from 2003 (Lot 139), Mark Grotjahn's Untitled (Colored Butterfly White Background 2 Wings) from 2006 (Lot 174), Donald Judd's Untitled (89-26) from 1989 (Lot 179), Cy Twombly's Allusion (Bay Of Napoli, Part II) from 1975 (Lot 190), Damien Hirst's Love Sweetness from 2003 (Lot 211) and Mike Kelley's Prenatal Mutual Recognition Of Betty And Barney Hill from 1995 (Lot 274). Anish Kapoor's Untitled (Void Cube) from 2005 (Lot 138) and Richard Prince's Untitled (Pens) from 1979 (Lot 176) are both estimated at $180,000 - $250,000, while Guyton-Walker's Untitled #3 from 2009 (Lot 115) has the low estimate at $150,000 and high estimate at $250,000.
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- George Segal - The Dinner Table, 1962 (Lot 506) (Courtesy of Christie's)
- Helen Frankenthaler - Bilbao, 1998 (Lot 73) (Courtesy of Bonhams)
- Tom Wesselmann - Study For Bedroom Painting #42, 1977 (Lot 10) (Courtesy of Bonhams)
- Roy Lichtenstein - The Ring (Engagement), 1962 (Lot 15) (Courtesy of Sotheby's)
- Marina Abramovic - The Complete Performances 1973-1975 (Lot 224) (Courtesy of Christie's)
- Russell Young - Magnificent Seven, 2008 (Lot 79) (Courtesy of Doyle)
- David Hockney - Malibu House, 1988 (Lot 230) (Courtesy of Sotheby's)
- Andy Warhol - Gun, 1981-82 (Lot 54 B) (Courtesy of Christie's)
- Wayne Thiebaud - Hamburger Counter, 1961 (Lot 55) (Courtesy of Phillips)
- Joan Mitchell - Magnolia, 1978 (Lot 553) (Courtesy of Christie's)
- Keith Haring - Untitled, 1984 (Lot 203) (Courtesy of Phillips)
Also in slider:
- Shepard Fairey - Flag, 2010 (Lot 82) (Courtesy of Doyle)
- Maurizio Cattelan - Untitled, 1996 (Lot 14) (Courtesy of Bonhams)
- Jean-Paul Riopelle - Untitled (From The Iceberg Series), circa 1977 (Lot 30) (detail) (Courtesy of Bonhams)
- Marc Quinn - Sarasvati Dawn, 2011 (Lot 124) (Courtesy of Bonhams)
- Anselm Kiefer - Wassermann (Aquarius, The Constellation), 2001 (Lot 528) (Courtesy of Sotheby's)
- Donald Judd - Untitled, 1969 (Lot 45) (Courtesy of Phillips)
- Thomas Demand - Laboratory (Labor), 2000 (Lot 157) (Courtesy of Phillips)
- Keith Haring - Dog [Three Works], 1986 (Lot 237) (Courtesy of Sotheby's)
- Vija Celmins - Long Ocean, 1973 (Lot 168) (Courtesy of Sotheby's)