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  • Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction Analysis
  • Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction Analysis

Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction Analysis

July 4, 2015

Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction took place at Phillips, London, on Wednesday, June 30th 2015. The auction was not as successful as it was anticipated – seventy percent of lots offered were sold. The auction gathered $5,875,620. The most expensive lots were Damien Hirst’s Beautiful, beautiful, charity childrens, spin painting (with butterflies) that was sold for $376,994; and Yves Kleins La Victoire de Samothrace, sold for $219,913. The highest high estimate difference was achieved with the sale of Koen Vanmechelen’s Cosmopolitan Fossil topping the high estimate for 587.5 percent.

Damien Hirst – Rules of Deconstruction

Damien Hirst’s Beautiful, beautiful, charity childrens, spin painting (with butterflies) was the most expensive lot on the Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction at Phillips. This beautiful work poses the question of the deconstruction of the image. As Hirst said himself – when you see a finished art work, it is like the artwork sort of presents what it is trying to do; you can see the rules of construction. On the other hand, it is quite difficult for an artist to see these rules, since you can’t help lying to yourself, as famous Damien Hirst would say.

  • Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction Analysis

The Overview of Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction

Out of 160 lots offered at Phillips’ Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction, 112 were sold, or 70 percent of the lots. Thirty-four lots were sold over high estimate (21.3 percent of sold lots), while 43 were sold in range of estimated values (38.3 percent). On the other hand, 35 lots, or 31.3 percent, were sold under low estimate. The highest hammer price was seen in the sale of Damien Hirst’s and Yves Klein’s works (that we mentioned before) – $376,994 and $219,913. Average hammer price of the auction has settled at $52,461, while median hammer was at $31,416.

Speaking of the most successful lots, we should mention Koen Vanmechelen’s Cosmopolitan Fossil; Stanley Casselman’s IR-40-16; Gerhard Richter’s Abstractes Bild and Ida Ekblad’s Loops, that were sold for much higher prices from their high estimates: Vanmechelen’s work had +587.5 percent, Casselman’s work had +450, Richter’s work had +383.3 and Ekblad’s work had +142.9 percent difference. On the bottom side are Dirk Skreber‘s Untitled,  sold with -50 percent difference between hammer price and low estimate, followed by Ólafur Elíasson’s Untitled (with –43.3 percent) and Lucien Smith’s Reality Bites 2 (with -40 percent). When it comes to high prices (apart from Damien Hirst’s and Yves Klein’s pieces), Stanley Casselman’s IR-40-16 was sold for $172,789; Banksy’s Love is in the Air (AKA Flower Thrower) for $172,789; while Mimmo Paladino’s Caduto a Ragione (Fall for a Reason) was sold for $141,373.

Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction Analysis
Eddie Martinez – Blockhead Blues (Lot 220). Estimated at $15,708-$23,562. Sold for $22,777
Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction Analysis
Left: Lucien Smith – Reality Bites 2 (Lot 217). Estimated at $15,708-$23,562; sold for $9,425 / Right: Damien Hirst – Beautiful, beautiful, charity childrens, spin painting (with butterflies) (Lot 134). Estimated at $392,703-$549,784; sold for $376,994
Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction Analysis
Gary Hume – Four Subtle Doors (Lot 130). Estimated at $109,957-141,373; sold for $102,103
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Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction in Details

Please, scroll down, and you will find two tables – one with the summary of the Phillips – Contemporary Art Day Sale Auction; the second one with detailed information on every lot auctioned at this auction.

Total number of lots:160
Number of sold lots:112
Sold lots [%]:70
Total [$]:5,875,620
Number of sold lots over high estimate:34
Over high estimate (Total) [%]:21.3
Over high estimate (Sold) [%]:30.4
Number of sold lots in range of estimated values:43
In range of estimated values (Sold) [%]:38.3
Number of sold lots under low estimate:35
Under low estimate (Sold) [%]:31.3
Results were under estimate spread of [%]:31.5
Max Hammer [$]:376,994
Average Hammer [$]:52,461
Median Hammer [$]:31,416
Median Hammer Average Hammer Difference [%]:-40.1
Lot No.Artist NameArtwork NameLow Estimate $High Estimate $Hammer Price $Hammer High Estimate Difference [%]Hammer Low Estimate Difference [%]
101Aaron Garber-MaikovskaUntitled, 201423,56231,41628,275-1020
102Secundino HernándezUntitled, 201362,83294,24986,395-8.337.5
103Jonas WoodUntitled (Blue Pot), 200831,41647,12486,39583.3175
104Tony LewisF told o, 201347,12478,541Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
105Kelley WalkerUntitled, 2007125,665188,497Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
106Rashid JohnsonNew Lines, 201278,541109,95770,686-35.7-10
107Ibrahim MahamaUntitled, 201415,70823,56215,708-33.30
108Harold AncartUntitled, 201223,56231,41626,704-1513.3
109Grear PattersonKissing On A First Date, 201412,56618,850Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
110Jonas WoodDJ, 200918,85028,27562,832122.2233.3
112R.H. QuaytmanChapter 12 iamb (Checkers), 200862,83294,24962,832-33.30
113Tauba AuerbachReady or Not or Ready and Not, 200739,27054,97831,416-42.9-20
114Dan ReesArtex Painting, 201331,41647,12440,841-13.330
115Tauba AuerbachAlive, 200739,27054,97834,558-37.1-12
116Justin AdianTriangle, 201423,56231,416Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
117R.H. QuaytmanExhibition Guide, Chapter 15 (DvS6), 200923,56231,41623,562-250
118David OstrowskiF (dann lieber nein), 201178,541109,95778,541-28.60
119Rob PruittWhite Pandas, 200394,249125,665117,811-6.225
120Rob PruittParis Hilton, 200247,12478,541Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
121Rob PruittBlack Bamboo, 200278,541109,957Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
122Joana VasconcelosTarantula, 201347,12478,54131,416-60-33.3
123BanksyLove is in the Air (AKA Flower Thrower), 2010235,622314,162172,789-45-26.7
124Nigel CookeIn Da Club - Me Time, 2010125,665188,497125,665-33.30
125Ólafur ElíassonUntitled, 2002235,622392,703133,519-66-43.3
126Eva RothschildSoldier of Fortune, 200615,70823,562Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
127Sterling RubyMonument Stalagmite / Icolagnia, 200894,249125,665102,103-18.78.3
128Gavin TurkPile, 200494,249125,665133,5196.241.7
129Damien HirstLost Skull and Spine 2, 2007-2008125,665188,497Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
130Gary HumeFour Subtle Doors, 1991109,957141,373102,103-27.8-7.1
131Tracey EminI Loved You More Than I Can Love, 200978,541125,665109,957-12.540
132Marc QuinnBahia Mangroves Brazil, 2009125,665188,497133,519-29.26.2
133Damien HirstM122/105 from Biopsy Series 2, 2008235,622314,162Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
134Damien HirstBeautiful, beautiful, charity childrens, spin painting (with butterflies), 2007392,703549,784376,994-31.4-4
136Liam GillickRelinquished Production, 200823,56231,41634,5581046.7
137Gilbert & GeorgeToy Wine, 1972109,957141,373109,957-22.20
138Antony GormleyMEME CXXXII, 201147,12478,541117,81150150
139Gilbert & GeorgeFood from The Believing World Series, 1983102,103157,08178,541-50-23.1
140Andy WarholCampbell's Soup Can (Tomato Soup), 1985471,243785,405Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
141Mel RamosThe Pause that Refreshes, 200778,541109,95775,399-31.4-4
142Julian SchnabelTati Painting (Matra Nudem), 1989125,665188,497117,811-37.5-6.2
143Nam June PaikLife is Drama, 199047,12478,541102,10330116.7
144Keith HaringSubway Drawing, 1982-198447,12462,832109,95775133.3
145Keith HaringUntitled, 198918,85028,27517,279-38.9-8.3
146Richard PhillipsLois Wahl, 200539,27054,97840,841-25.74
147Mel RamosFatᾰ, 2011109,957141,373Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
148Yves KleinLa Victoire de Samothrace, (S 9), 1962157,081235,622219,913-6.740
149Victor VasarelyGest-Fond, 1970-197378,541109,957Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
150Martin KippenbergerAufblasbarer Minimüllcontainer, 1987109,957141,373Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
151Joseph BeuysShow Your Wound, 197723,56231,41623,562-250
152Günther FörgUntitled, 199831,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
153Martin KippenbergerUntitled (Mondrian), 198915,70823,562Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
154Martin KippenbergerKörper II, 198715,70823,562Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
155Thilo HeinzmannUntitled, 201112,56618,85023,5622587.5
156Imi KnoebelKinderstern, 201218,85028,27518,850-33.30
157Imi KnoebelUnder the Moon of Love, 199339,27054,97850,266-8.628
158Franz WestNacktstuhl, 199612,56618,85014,923-20.818.8
159Gerhard RichterAbstractes Bild, 1990, CR 724-4, 20146,2839,42545,553383.3625
160Franz WestOnkel Stuhl, 200715,70823,56228,2752080
161Johannes KahrsUntitled, 200762,83294,249Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
162Johannes KahrsEifersucht (Jealousy), 1995109,957141,37378,541-44.4-28.6
163André ButzerUntitled, 200731,41647,12459,69126.790
164André ButzerUntitled (F.S.-Kinder), 200715,70823,56215,708-33.30
165Markus OehlenSohn von Zwielicht, 200112,56618,85015,708-16.725
166Anselm ReyleUntitled, 200731,41647,12450,2666.760
167Franz AckermannTransall delivering a piece of my hometown, 200131,41647,12440,841-13.330
168Dirk SkreberUntitled (Black Abstract), 200131,41647,12415,708-66.7-50
169Bernard AubertinTableau Clous, 197015,70823,56215,708-33.30
170Salvatore EmblemaUntitled, 197931,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
171Mimmo PaladinoCaduto a Ragione (Fall for a Reason), 199594,249125,665141,37312.550
172Farhad MoshiriJohnny 3D, 2009109,957141,373Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
173Ai WeiweiDress with Flowers (No.5), 200778,541125,66578,541-37.50
174Ai WeiweiHanger, 201331,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
175Yayoi KusamaLemon Squash, 199147,12478,541Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
176Tomás SaracenoFlying Garden/Air-Port-City/12SW, 200715,70823,56217,279-26.710
177Francis AlÿsUntitled, 199231,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
178Emilio PerezBlow The Horn One More Time, 200815,70823,56223,562050
179Tatiana TrouvéPrise N°G, 200915,70823,56234,55846.7120
180Ida EkbladLoops, 20107,85410,99626,704142.9240
181Ugo RondinoneMOONRISE, north. May, 200339,27054,97840,841-25.74
182Thomas HouseagoYet to be Titled (Teardrop Mask), 201278,541109,95778,541-28.60
183Richard PrinceUntitled (Publicity), 200128,27534,55836,1294.527.8
184Cindy ShermanUntitled #306, 199415,70823,56226,70413.370
185Thomas RuffNudes fe16, 200039,27054,97894,24971.4140
186Vik MunizAfter Gerhard Richter (from Pictures of Colour), 200147,12462,832Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
187Lalla EssaydiLes Femmes du Maroc #35, 200612,56618,85013,352-29.26.3
188Wim DelvoyeLove Letter Dear Caroline, 200031,41647,12431,416-33.30
189Carol BoveSeeds, 20079,42512,56614,13712.550
190Danh VoUntitled (Christmas), 20076,2839,4256,597-305
191Elad LassryDog, 201023,56231,416Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
192Jean-Baptiste BernadetUntitled (Fugue - Screen I), 201347,12462,832109,95775133.3
193Kyle ThurmanUntitled, 20127,85410,99613,35221.470
194Chris SuccoPRETTY GIRLS ALWAYS HAVE FRIENDS #2, 201415,70823,56226,70413.370
195Lucien Smith(Untitled) Camo Painting, 201362,83294,249Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
196Eddie PeakeShemale VIII, 201231,41647,12429,845-36.7-5
197Nick DarmstaedterMuff, 201331,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
198Oscar TuazonTwo works: (i) I Can't See (Papercrete Edition 18); (ii) I Can't See (Papercrete Edition 16), 201118,85028,275Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
199Dan ReesUntitled, 2011-247,12478,54134,558-56-26.7
200Oscar MurilloUntitled, 201131,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
201Leo GabinChoke Hold Stack, 201131,41647,12431,416-33.30
202Michael ManningTwo Works: (i) Breakdown, 2014; (ii) Undertow, 201423,56231,416Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
203Parker ItoInkjet Painting #49 (8 color ink), 201312,56618,85023,5622587.5
204Petra CortrightPartition Ghost, 201315,70823,56220,421-13.330
205Michael StaniakIMG-023, 201310,99614,13714,137028.6
206Jonas WoodB-Ball 14, 200815,70823,56225,1336.760
208Daniel TurnerUntitled 5150, 201315,70823,56213,352-43.3-15
209Kaari UpsonUntitled, 201112,56618,850Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
210Mark FloodNews Corp. 6, 201323,56231,41640,8413073.3
211Walead BeshtyFedEx® Tube ©2005 FEDEX 139752 REV 10/05 SSCC, International Priority, Los Angeles-Colchester trk#794429615973, February 15-17, 2011’, 201112,56618,85011,781-37.5-6.2
212Ayan FarahRaada, 20134,7127,8544,398-44-6.7
213Parker ItoUntitled #20, 20129,42512,5667,069-43.7-25
214Ethan CookUntitled (Square, begin at one corner until complete), 201418,85028,275Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
215Fredrik VærslevUntitled (L C Garden Painting No. 8), 20146,2839,4254,712-50-25
216Christian RosaUntitled, 201423,56231,41643,9834086.7
217Lucien SmithReality Bites 2, 201215,70823,5629,425-60-40
218Kika KaradiUntitled (OPM No. 10), 201410,99614,137Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
219Ned VenaUntitled, 201131,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
220Eddie MartinezBlockhead Blues, 200615,70823,56222,777-3.345
221Jules de BalincourtThird Eyed Optimists, 200615,70823,56211,781-50-25
222Magnus von PlessenGarten 1, 200731,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
223Elliott HundleyO Dika, 200731,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
224Ryan TrecartinAbraham with the Long Arm, 200623,56231,416Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
225Matthew MonahanLesser Known Son, 199415,70823,562Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
226Lynette Yiadom-BoakyeFeeding the Anthrapologist, 200423,56231,41617,279-45-26.7
227Wangechi MutuUntitled (Leopard Woman Reclining), 200262,83294,249Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
228Chantal JoffeSnowy Car, 200418,85028,27554,97894.4191.7
229Katherine BernhardtTwo works: (i) Silver Swimsuit, Kate Moss, 2006; (ii) My Adidas, LL Cool J., 200612,56618,85014,923-20.818.8
230Yayoi KusamaButterfly, 198023,56231,416Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
231Elizabeth PeytonCraig, 199631,41647,12437,699-2020
232Raymond PettibonFour works: (i) I Didn't Kill Her..., 1984; (ii) Is It Asking Too Much?, 1987; (iii) Holy Bible, To Which The Diarist Adds, 1991; (iv) A Little Friendly Fire To Share With The Folks Back Home, 199134,55843,983Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
233Kenny ScharfYellogro, 199418,85028,27514,137-50-25
234Andy WarholGun, 1981-247,12478,54140,841-48-13.3
235Andy WarholSelf Portrait, 196747,12478,54140,841-48-13.3
236Michaël BorremansAmong Horsemen, 200115,70823,56213,352-43.3-15
237Bernar VenetStraight Bars / Obliques, 199823,56231,41629,845-526.7
238Jan FabreChapter XIV, 201031,41647,12497,390106.7210
239Ugo Rondinone28. Mai: 2008, 200854,97886,395Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
240Andro WekuaTaras Schewcenko, 20049,42512,5667,069-43.7-25
241Valentin CarronGefoltert, 200923,56231,41621,991-30-6.7
242Rafal BujnowskiSix works (i) Eriksson 1; (ii) Eriksson 2; (iii) Eriksson 3; (iv) Philips; (v) Panosonic; (vi) Nokia 1, 199812,56618,85012,566-33.30
243Dave MullerBlopp (Baby I’m A Mess), 200515,70823,562Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
244Callum InnesExposed Painting, Bluish Grey, 200010,99614,13716,49416.750
246Johan CretenPerle Noire XII - with the Promise of Rest, 20129,42512,56610,210-18.78.3
247Harland MillerBlackpool - 101 Nights in a Cubit Zirconia, 200231,41647,12453,40813.370
248Wim DelvoyeFor 5 shovels, 199162,83294,24947,124-50-25
249Jason MartinFreestyle, 199731,41647,12429,845-36.7-5
250ArmanUntitled, 200223,56231,41615,708-50-33.3
251Rosson CrowCash from Chaos at CBGB, 200715,70823,562Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
252Ashley BickertonSnake Head Painting, 200815,70823,56220,421-13.330
253Evan PennyNo One – In Particular #7 from Series 1, 200231,41647,124Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
254Richard DupontTwo works: (i) One (# 2), 2005; (ii) One (# 3), 200515,70823,562Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
255Sante D'orazioPam Anderson, Pink Raincoat #1, Hollywood, 20009,42512,5669,425-250
256David LaChapelleDeluge, 200747,12478,541Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
257Ling JianUntitled, 200812,56618,85025,13333.3100
258Ned VenaUntitled (Triptych), 201115,70823,56212,566-46.7-20
259Aaron YoungUntitled, 200923,56231,416Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
260Michelangelo PistolettoFrattali, 1999-20009,42512,5666,283-50-33.3
261Koen VanmechelenCosmopolitan Fossil, 20149,42512,56686,395587.5816.7
262Marc QuinnYellow Chrome Hallucination, 200823,56231,416Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
263Jeff KoonsDom Pérignon Balloon Venus, 201331,41647,12494,249100200
264Stanley CasselmanIR-40-16, 201323,56231,416172,789450633.3
TOTAL (Sold lots):4,847,5147,023,0895,875,620-16.321.2

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Featured Images:

Tracey Emin – I Loved You More Than I Can Love (Lot 131)

Gavin Turk – Pile (Lot 128)

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Joana Vasconcelos –  Tarantula, detail(Lot 122)

All images courtesy of Phillips.