$1.4 Million raised to benefit flourish: Art For The Future – supporting STXBP1 disorders.
Post-War to Present kicked off the fall season of contemporary art sales at Christie’s New York, with lively and engaged bidders participating online, on the phones, and in-person in the Rockefeller Center saleroom. The auction totaled $25,755,534, 89% sold by value, selling 107% hammer above low estimate.
The Post-War to Present sale foregrounded a group of seventeen contemporary artworks donated by artists and galleries and sold to benefit FLOURISH: Art for the Future, an initiative by Bridget Finn of Reyes | Finn Gallery. The group was 100% sold, totaling $1,430,730, achieving 179% against the low estimate, with proceeds funding research to cure STXBP1 disorders. Leading the group was Three Ghee Sunrise by Derek Fordjour, which realized $302,400 against an estimate of $120,000-180,000.
Strong results were also seen by Laura Owens’ Untitled, which sold for $252,000, Bufly No. 8 (Mello Yello) by Eddie Martinez, and Robot Living Stone by Jonas Wood—each painting surpassing its high estimate of $200,000 to sell for $239,400.
The top lot of the Post-War to Present sale was Violet Sunset, a 1962 canvas by Lynne Drexler, which sold for $781,200—well over its estimate of $300,000-500,000.
Additional highlights included a fantastic group of abstract works, including Idylls I by Sam Gilliam and Untitled (Moon Surface #1) by Vija Celmins both of which achieved $756,000. Christina Quarles’s 2017 painting A Shaddow of Whut I Once Was also realized a strong price, selling for $693,000.