Online Contemporary Art July Sales Total $11.7 Million

Christie’s New York recently closed a successful series of three online-only contemporary art sales: Contemporary Edition, First Open, and Trespassing together achieving a total of $11,678,940. The series of sales gave buyers an opportunity to acquire an extensive selection of exceptional artworks, with offerings ranging from paintings by established 20th-century artists to freshly minted NFTs by emerging contemporary market stars.

Online Contemporary Art July Sales Total $11.7 Million
LYNNE DREXLER (1928-1999)
oil on canvas
48 x 66¼ in. (122 x 168.3 cm.)
Painted circa 1960.
Price Realized: $693,000

Prints & Multiples sale Contemporary Edition closed Tuesday, July 19, totaling $1,588,230, and selling 138% hammer above the low estimate. Leading the sale was Andy Warhol’s, Mick Jagger. The work realized more than double its low estimate of $100,000, selling for $201,600.

Online Contemporary Art July Sales Total $11.7 Million
STIK (B. 1979)
acrylic on canvas
315⁄8 x11 3⁄4 in. (80.2 x 29.7cm.)
Painted in 2010.
Price Realized: $88,200

First Open closed Wednesday, July 20, realizing a total of $9,086,742, selling 93% by lot, and 190% hammer above the low estimate. Lynne Drexler’s Untitled led the sale, selling for $693,000 – more than ten times its high estimate of $60,000. A strong performance was also seen by Ernie Barnes’ Juba Dis a Juba Dat which sold for $478,800 against an estimate of $100,000-150,000.

Online Contemporary Art July Sales Total $11.7 Million
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
Mick Jagger: one print
screenprint in colors, on Arches Aquarelle paper, 1975, signed in pencil by the
artist and signed in felt-tip pen by Mick Jagger, numbered 129/250
Sheet: 43⅝ x 28⅞ in. (1108 x 733 mm.)
Price Realized: $201,600

Curated in partnership with leading NFT and art collector and advisor, Ronnie K. Pirovino, the Trespassing sale closed on Thursday, July 21, and achieved a total of $1,003,968. The sale was led by Alix by Stik, which surpassed its estimate of $40,000-60,000 to realize $88,200.


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.