Published: October 30, 2015
NEW YORK CITY — Andy Warhol’s “Endangered Species,” 1983, set a new world record for a numbered edition when it sold for $725,000, including the buyer’s premium, in Heritage Auctions’ debut of modern and contemporary art in Manhattan. The October 28 auction—the first of two such sales planned this season—garnered more than $3.8 million on just 21 lots. Heritage’s second modern and contemporary art offering will take place November 14 in Dallas.
“New York’s modern and contemporary art community gave Heritage Auctions a warm, warm welcome,” said Leon Benrimon, Heritage’s New York director of modern and contemporary art. “We put together a strong selection – unique artworks you couldn’t find anywhere else – and it’s clear collectors respected the selection and the overall character of what Heritage can bring to market.”
The list of top sellers included a Robert Motherwell making its auction debut following more than 40 years in a private collection. Untitled (ochre with black line), 1972-73/1974, went to $965,000. Another extraordinary find, “Surveillance Camera,” 2010, by Ai Weiwei, sold for $401,000. “Ai Weiwei’s works rarely come to auction and we were happy it received the exposure it deserved,” Benrimon said.
A complete review of the auction will appear in a future issue of Antiques and The Arts Weekly.
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