Post-War And Contemporary Art Day Sale Realised a Total of £14,168,940 / RMB 117,474,682 / $18,802,183 / €16,931,883

The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale realised a total of £14,168,940, selling 98% by value and 89% by lot. Banksy’s iconic Love is in the Air realised the top price, selling for £978,000. Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin [TOWSSO] achieved £831,600 against a pre-sale estimate of £200,000 while Waves at Daybreak sold for £201,600 (estimated at £50,000-70,000).

This level of bidding reflected the depth of interest witnessed in the Shanghai to London Evening Sale series on 1 March and was followed by MR.’s May – Blue Hawaii, which soared above estimate to realise a world auction record for the artist (£504,000). Günther Förg’s Untitled sold for £604,800, Etel Adnan’s Untitled realised £201,000 and Stanley Whitney’s Untitled achieved £163,800.

Further records were set for Atanda Quadri Adebayo’s Let Love Lead (£20,160), Winston Branch’s When I need my Father’s Eyes (£126,000), Anne Collier’s Woman Crying (Comic) #16 (£100,800), Peter Uka’s Invisible Guardian (£56,700), and Adjei Tawiah’s Pink Suit (£50,400)*, with a record in the medium for a painting by Eileen Agar’s Harlequin (£63,000).

Post-War And Contemporary Art Day Sale Realised a Total of £14,168,940 / RMB 117,474,682 / $18,802,183 / €16,931,883

Outstanding results were achieved for Flora Yukhnovich’s Study of Putti (£302,400), Hilary Pecis’ Kitchen Counter (£252,000), Isshaq Ismail’s Unknown Faces No 3 (£138,600), Tomokazu Matsuyama’s Losing You More (£214,200), and Paula Rego’s School for Little Witches (£415,800).

Italian Masters attracted strong bidding with Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Sfera con perforazione (£567,000), Lucio Fontana’s Concetto spaziale, Attese (£592,200), and Alighiero Boetti’s Far quadrare tutto (To Square Everything Up) (£189,000).


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.