First Open | Post-War & Contemporary Art Totals $6,73 Million

The final New York sale of 2022 First Open | Post-War & Contemporary Art closed on Wednesday, December 14 totalling $6,733,944.

The sale was sold 100% by value, 114% hammer against low estimate. The auction saw global engagement, with bidders coming from 28 countries and nearly 10% of registrants new to Christie’s.

Leading the auction was Green & Red by Aboudia, which realized $214,200 against a low estimate of $60,000. This was followed by two works which both sold for $201,600: Smallage a sculpture by John Chamberlain and Cupcake and Paco, Corot a painting by Martin Wong from The John P. Axelrod Collection.

Superb results were achieved by another work from The John P. Axelrod Collection, Dondi’s Archeology Rewards, which sold for $176,400.

Additional successful results were seen by Lynne Drexler’s Meadow Fog, realizing $163,800 against a low estimate of $30,000, George Condo’s Composition with Flower selling for $151,200, and Lynne Drexler’s Plural Sun, which also sold for $151,200, more than five times its low estimate.

Sale Highlights  


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.