Upcoming Auctions: March 9-15
If everything goes well, the next week is going to bring us some very exciting auctions of Post-War and Contemporary Art. According to estimates, some prices of art works are expected to go way beyond seven-figures, and maybe even eight-figures-prices will appear. First, from March 10 to March 12 at Sotheby’s in London, there will be held Bear Witness auction of Contemporary art and curious artefacts. Also on March 10, in span of half an hour, two auctions will be held in Paris, at Tajan auction house – Private Collection, Modern and Contemporary Art at 7 PM, and Modern and Contemporary Art at 7:30 PM. Then, on March 11, also in Paris, at Massol S.V.V auction of Post-War and Contemporary paintings and sculptures (Tableaux et Sculptures Après Guerre et Contemporains) will be held at 2 PM, and, finally, on March 15 at Christie’s in Hong Kong an auction of Eastern and Western art will take place at 3 PM. This auction is called Asia+/First Open.
Featured image: Kazuo Shiraga – Untitled, 1965 (detail) (Lot 10) (Courtesy of Christie’s) [mc4wp_form]
Bear Witness at Sotheby's
At Sotheby’s galleries in London (New Bond Street), extraordinary auction of an extraodrinary collection is coming up. With estimated price ranges starting from $20 and ending near $5 million, this auction called Bear Witness should be something really special. The highest estimated price should achieve Mark Rothko’s Untitled from 1968, with high estimate price set at more than $4.5 million (3 million pounds). Then, Edward (Ed) Ruscha’s I Can’t Not Do That from 1998 should be sold between $1,824,480 and $2,736,720, and Luzio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale, Attesa from 1968 should change hands for at least $1.5 million (estimated price range is from $1,520,400 to $2,280,600). Gerhard Richter’s oil on canvas from 1970 called Sternbild (Constellation) should be sold between $1,216,320 and $1,824,480, as well as Domenico Gnoli’s Portrait De Louis T. from 1967. Keith Haring’s Untitled from 1984 should also go above $1 million ($1,064,280 – $1,368,360), and, with some luck, the same thing should happen with work of Sigmar Polke (Untitled from 1985, estimated at $912,240 – $1,216,320). Damien Hirst’s Endless Love (Interrupted) from 2006 is expected to be in the same price range as Polke’s work, and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled from 1985 could go over $1 million as well (estimated at $608,160 – $912,240).
Featured image: Mark Rothko – Untitled, 1968 (detail) (Lot 10) All images courtesy of Sotheby’s [mc4wp_form]
Modern and Contemporary Art Sale at Tajan
On the same day as the auction at Sotheby’s – March 10 – at Tajan auction house in Paris (Tajan is in the midst of the eight arrondissement of Paris on 37 rue des Mathurins, between the gare Saint-Lazare, the Garnier Opera and the Madeleine) two auctions will take place. First, at 7 PM, Private Collection, Modern and Contemporary Art sale will be held. Without a doubt, Kazuo Shiraga’s oil on canvas from 1976 called Ungen should achieve the highest price, as it is estimated at $552,550-$773,570. Then, Robert Longo’s work Untitled (Dark Mike) from 2004 is estimated at $110,510-$165,765, and Günther Förg’s Untitled from 2007 should be sold for $55,255-$77,357. Then, just half an hour later, at 7:30 PM at the same place, another auction of Modern and Contemporary Art will occur. Chu Teh-Chun’s Untitled (oil on canvas) should go between $110,510 and $165,765, and then, the whole range of art works is estimated at $27,628-$33,153: Bernard Buffet’s Le Moulin De La Galette, Valerio Adami’s Fantasia Per Violino, Antonio Segui’s El Desconicido De Siempre and Jean-Michel Atlan’s Untitled. Also, several art works are estimated at $16,567-$22,102 – Robert Combas’ Mixed media and collage on canvas, Oscar Dominguez’s La ville la nuit and Eduardo Arroyo’s Eduardo entre el Goloso y el Pardo.
Featured image: Zhang Haiying – Untitled (from Anti-vice raid series), 2008 (Lot 80) All images courtesy of Tajan [mc4wp_form]
Tableaux et Sculptures Après Guerre et Contemporains at Massol S.V.V.
On March 11 at 2 PM, also in Paris, at Massol S.V.V. auction house (39, rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris), there is going to be Tableaux et Sculptures Après Guerre et Contemporains auction (Post-War and Contemporary paintings and sculptures). The highest estimated price for a painting is set for Robert Combas’ Untitled from 1987: $49,730-$55,255. Next is Erro’s Lower east side from 2011 (oil on canvas), that is estimated at $20,996 – $22,102, and JonOne’s Trashed from 2008 should go for a bit lower price, $17,819-$20,046. Mr Brainwash’s painting David Bowie from 2013 should be sold for $7,735 – $9,945, and Chicago 5 N°3 by Futura 2000 is estimated at $5,525 – $6,630.
Featured image: Ben – Sometimes all directions…, 1989 (Lot 98) All images courtesy of Massol S.V.V. [mc4wp_form]
Asia+/First Open at Christie's
Finally, the last auction we have chosen for you will occur on Sunday, March 15 at 3 PM. Asia+/First Open auction will be organized at Christie’s in Hong Kong. This is going to be a very interesting mix of Eastern and Western contemporary art works, with some high expected prices. For instance, Robert Indiana’s Love (Gold/Blue) is estimated at $518,115 – $647,644. After Indiana’s work, the highest estimated prices are set for two Eastern artists: Yayoi Kusama’s Lemon Squash from 1991 is estimated at $375,634 – $505,162, and Zao Wou-Ki’s Untitled, oil on canvas from 2004, should change hands for $362,681 – $440,398. Then, several Western stars’ pieces are ranked next – Andy Warhol’s Dollar Sign from 1981 is estimated at $259,058 – $323,822 and Roy Lichtenstein’s Two Nudes, from 1994 should be sold for $129,529 – $194,293. I Nyoman Masriadi’s Titan Arum ($116,576 – $155,435), Kazuo Shiraga’s Untitled ($103,623 – $155,435), MR.’s Untitled ($103,623 – $129,529), and Zhang Xiaogang’s Untitled ($90,670 – $103,623) should be also sold for six-figures.
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Featured image: Yayoi Kusama – Lemon Squash, 1991 (detail) (Lot 29) All images courtesy of Christie’s [mc4wp_form]