Sotheby's

Contemporary Auctions

The major fall Contemporary auctions start today at Phillips and run through Friday with Day and Evening Sales at all three major auction houses. Here are some favorites! It's not too late to register to bid. If you're interested, please get in touch!

Kenny Scharf, Space n' Blobs, 2004 at Phillips Day Sale

Kenny Scharf, Space n' Blobs, 2004 at Phillips Day Sale

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983 at Christie's Evening Sale

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983 at Christie's Evening Sale

Brent Wadden, Alignment #51, 2014 at Christie's Day Sale

Brent Wadden, Alignment #51, 2014 at Christie's Day Sale

Lee Ufan, From line No. 800152, 1980 at Phillips Evening Sale

Lee Ufan, From line No. 800152, 1980 at Phillips Evening Sale

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2012 at Sotheby's Evening Sale

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2012 at Sotheby's Evening Sale

George Condo, Compression IV, 2011 at Sotheby's Day Sale

George Condo, Compression IV, 2011 at Sotheby's Day Sale

Impressionist and Modern Auctions

The big fall auctions are this week -- first up, the Impressionist and Modern Sales, starting this evening at Christie's. Here are some favorites! 

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (Marie-Thérèse), 1932 at Christie's Evening Sale

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (Marie-Thérèse), 1932 at Christie's Evening Sale

Pablo Picasso, Buste de Femme Au Chapeau, 1939 at Sotheby's Evening Sale 

Pablo Picasso, Buste de Femme Au Chapeau, 1939 at Sotheby's Evening Sale 

Fernand Leger, Tête de femme (Figure II), 1948 at Christie's Day Sale

Fernand Leger, Tête de femme (Figure II), 1948 at Christie's Day Sale

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul, La Femme Aux Bas Noirs, 1964 at Sotheby's Day Sale

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul, La Femme Aux Bas Noirs, 1964 at Sotheby's Day Sale

Favorite of the Week: Joan Mitchell

There were so many amazing pieces on auction last week for the big Spring Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary sales, but the one that shines out in my mind -- for which I would seriously consider trading a pinky toe -- was this Joan Mitchell diptych. It was offered at Sotheby's with an estimate of $1,800,000 - 2,500,000 and sold for $2,052,500 with the buyer's premium. 

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1992

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1992

Weekend Agenda: Editions Auctions Previews II

Trailing a week behind Phillips and Christie's, the editions preview is up at Sotheby's this weekend. Last week I talked about what kind of work is included in editions auctions and why I think they're great - read that here!  Some favorites from Sotheby's: 

Keith Haring, Dog, 1986, Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000 

Keith Haring, Dog, 1986, Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000 

Paul Elie Ranson, Tigre Dans Les Jungles, 1893, Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

Paul Elie Ranson, Tigre Dans Les Jungles, 1893, Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

Jean-Michel Basquiat (posthumous print), Untitled (Head), 2001, Estimate: $30,000 - 40,000

Jean-Michel Basquiat (posthumous print), Untitled (Head), 2001, Estimate: $30,000 - 40,000

Tuesday Under Ten: April Photography Auctions

The first week in April is photography week! AIPAD -- a photography art fair will be on Pier 92 and 94, and there will be a series of photography auctions at Christie's, Phillips, and Sotheby's. I LOVE black and white gallery walls, particularly when they include interesting, old photos! If you're thinking of building a gallery wall for your home, photography week is the absolute best time to get started. Here are two awesome and well-priced picks from the photography auctions, and there will be so much more material to paw through at AIPAD. If you're interested in looking at auction or visiting the fair with me, please get in touch to make a date! 

Herbert Bayer, Composition with Shadows, 1928, Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000 

Herbert Bayer, Composition with Shadows, 1928, Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000 

Eugene Atget, Versaille (Faune), 1901, Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000 

Eugene Atget, Versaille (Faune), 1901, Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000 

Weekend Agenda: Mid-Season Auction Previews

The mid-season Contemporary auctions are next week! Which means this weekend there are awesome auction previews at all three of New York’s major auction houses: Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s. The mid-season auctions – in comparison to their big sibs in May – tend to be a bit more mellow and have more sleepers. If you’d like to consider bidding on a piece at auction, it would be my pleasure to tour some previews with you this weekend. Please get in touch! Here’s just a quick glimpse!

Andy Warhol, The Beatles, 1980, Christie’s, Estimate: $70,000 – 100,000

Andy Warhol, The Beatles, 1980, Christie’s, Estimate: $70,000 – 100,000

Glenn Ligon, (Miserable) Life #17, 2008, Phillips, Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000

Glenn Ligon, (Miserable) Life #17, 2008, Phillips, Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000

Nobuyoshi Araki, From Close to Range, 1991, Sotheby’s, Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000

Nobuyoshi Araki, From Close to Range, 1991, Sotheby’s, Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000

Favorite of the Week - Valentine's Day Edition: Gustav Klimt

Everyone loves flowers, particularly on February 14th! And, the hot lot in Sotheby's London Spring Impressionist sale is an amazing Gustav Klimt floral landscape that was first exhibited in 1908. The lush field includes poppies and zinnias in a triangular formation that recalls Klimt's perhaps better-known portrait paintings like The Kiss. It is estimated that the picture will sell in the $45 million range. If that's over your budget, please get in touch -- I have great ideas at many price points.  I love the idea of receiving a bouquet that lasts forever. Why not give your sweetheart art this year for Valentine's Day? 

Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten, 1907, Oil on canvas, 43 ¼ x 43 ¼ inches

Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten, 1907, Oil on canvas, 43 ¼ x 43 ¼ inches