March prints & multiples season realised a combined total of £ 4,779,810 / $ 6,262,715 / € 5,689,138.
The demand for Andy Warhol works witnessed in the Prints & Multiples Online Sale at Christie’s underscores the continued global appeal for the artist across all price points.
Mick Jagger, 1975, sold for £151,200, more than triple its high estimate of £50,000, and Paramount, from Ads, 1985, exceeded pre-sale expectation with competition pushing the price to £81,900; both achieving world auction record prices for these prints by Warhol.
Two editions depicting Chairman Mao performed well, Mao, 1972, selling for £75,600, and Mao, 1972, selling for £47,880, and there were also eight editions from Warhol’s Electric Chair series that all sold above their low estimates. Warhol’s Oyster Stew, from Campbell’s Soup II, 1969, sold for £35,280 and an iconic depiction of Elizabeth Taylor, Liz, 1964 achieved £44,100, more than double its low estimate.
The Prints & Multiples March Season realised a combined total of £4,779,810 / $6,262,715 / €5,689,138. The Prints & Multiples Online Sale was led by James Ensor’s L’entree Du Christ A Bruxelles Le Mardi Gras En 1889, 1898, which achieved a world auction record price for any print by the artist (£239,400).
In addition to the exceptional results for Andy Warhol, further Pop Art highlights included Roy Lichtenstein’s Forms in Space, 1985, selling for more than double the pre-sale estimate (£113,400). David Hockney’s Paper Pools sold for £69,300, a record for this subject matter by the artist.
Works by modern masters Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Marc Chagall also performed strongly. Highlights included Picasso’s Femme au Corsage à Fleurs, 1958, which sold for £94,500, against a low estimate of £50,000, Marc Chagall’s Les Amoureux de la Tour Eiffel, 1960 (£27,720), and Joan Miró’s Le Chasseur de Pieuvres, 1969 (£13,860).
As part of the Prints & Multiples March 2022 season in London, ‘Laugh now but one day we’ll be in charge: Banksy and 21st Century Editions’ Online Sale closed on 15 March 2022, and realized a total of £2,615,886, selling 90% by lot.
Strong prices were achieved for Banksy’s Banksquiat (Grey), 2019, selling for £163,800, more than double the pre-sale estimate, and achieved a world record for the subject together with Choose your Weapon (VIP Gold) (£239,400), the first time the gold colorway of this edition had been available at auction. Stik’s Lovers (Yellow), 2011, achieved £56,700, setting a world record for a screenprint by the artist.
Further notable results included Grayson Perry’s Map of Days, 2013, (£63,000) while Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin 2000 (Yellow), 2000 and Pumpkin 2000 (Red), 2000 realized prices of £47,880 and £40,320 respectively.
Christie’s Prints & Multiples sales continue with the Prints & Multiples live auction in New York on 21 and 22 April 2022.