Christie’s Post-War To Present Totals $26,117,178

96% SOLD BY LOT | 139% HAMMER ABOVE LOW ESTIMATE | 12 ARTIST RECORDS SET

Christie’s Post-War to Present sale totaled $26,117,178, with 96% sold by lot and 139% hammer above the low estimate. The sale attracted global participation with bidders from 32 countries and achieved 12 new artist records.

The top lot of the sale was Ed Ruscha, Kids, a superb example from Ruscha’s City Lights series, which achieved $2,580,000. Additional top lots from the sale were Jeff Koons, Travel Bar, and Lynne Drexler, Flowered Hundred, both sold for $1,197,000.

The sale achieved strong results and achieved new artist records for female abstract artists, including Lynne Drexler, Lee Bontecou on paper, Anne Truitt on paper, Louise Fishman, Deborah Remington, and others. Other notable results were achieved for lots from several important private collections being sold to benefit charitable initiatives, including Property sold to benefit the Cleveland Clinic and Property to benefit the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Records

Lynne Drexler, Flowered Hundred, sold for $1,197,000 – ARTIST RECORD
Louise Fishman, Burnt Bridges, sold for $201,600 – ARTIST RECORD
Deborah Remington, Gallatin, sold for $52,920 – ARTIST RECORD
Ruth Abrams, Cluster, sold for $11,970 – ARTIST RECORD
Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Jump 1, sold for $9,450 – ARTIST RECORD
Rachel Harrison, The Nineties, sold for $88,200 – ARTIST RECORD
Oluwole Omofemi, Invader, sold for $189,000 – ARTIST RECORD
Michele D’Ermo, Alabaster Waves II, sold for $21,420 – ARTIST RECORD
Marcus Jansen, MMXX, sold for $107,100 – ARTIST RECORD

Lee Bontecou, Untitled, sold for $718,200 – ARTIST RECORD FOR A WORK ON PAPER
Anne Truitt, Truitt ’91, sold for $103,320 – ARTIST RECORD FOR A WORK ON PAPER
Perle Fine, Transcience, sold for $16,380 – ARTIST RECORD FOR A WORK ON PAPER

Notable Results | Post-War To Present | 10 March

Christie's Post-War To Present Totals $26,117,178

JEFF KOONS (B. 1955)
Travel Bar
stainless steel
Executed in 1986.
Price realized: $1,197,000

Christie's Post-War To Present Totals $26,117,178

LYNNE DREXLER (1928-1999)
Flowered Hundred
oil on canvas
Painted in 1962.
Price realized: $1,197,000
AUCTION RECORD

Christie's Post-War To Present Totals $26,117,178

Property Sold to Benefit Cleveland Clinic
SHARA HUGHES (B. 1981)
That’s a Wall of Plants
oil, acrylic, enamel, paint pen and spray paint on canvas
Executed in 2007.
Price realized: $680,400

Christie's Post-War To Present Totals $26,117,178

LOUISE FISHMAN (1939-2021)
Burnt Bridges
oil on linen
84 x 61 in.
Painted in 1995.
Price realized: $201,600
AUCTION RECORD

Christie's Post-War To Present Totals $26,117,178

OLUWOLE OMOFEMI (B. 1988)
Invader
oil and acrylic on canvas
Painted in 2020.
Price realized: $189,000
AUCTION RECORD

Christie's Post-War To Present Totals $26,117,178

LEE BONTECOU (B. 1931)
Untitled
soot on paper
Executed in 1958.
Price realized: $718,200
AUCTION RECORD IN MEDIUM

Christies

editor

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

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