Published: October 19, 2004
Christie’s sale of postwar and contemporary art on September 15 totaled $5,163,516 and was 96 percent sold by value and 93 percent sold by lot. Seven world auction records were established for artists Roger Brown, Joe Goode and Anthony Goicolea.
“The results of the sale underscore the continuing strength of the market for quality works of postwar and contemporary art,” said Robert Manley, specialist in Christie’s postwar and contemporary art department.
“The third consecutive successful September sale, it is indicative that postwar and contemporary art is now truly a year-round market that is no longer confined to our May and November art seasons. Vintage New York School works by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Norman Bluhm, as well as classic Pop Art by Mel Ramos and Robert Indiana, are beginning to realize prices that are approaching some of their better-known counterparts.”
Rounding out the top five were: Willem de Kooning, untitled, circa 1970s, $141,900; Andy Warhol, “Flowers,” 1964, $130,700; Marisol, “Portrait of Martha Graham,” 1977, $101,575; Theodoros Stamos, “White Field, Number 2,” 1957, $95,600; and Frank Stella, “The Spouter Inn (3x),” 1987, $95,600.
Prices reported include buyer’s premium.
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