Art Events, London

Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale Achieves £26.3 Million

Sale of 20th Century and Contemporary Art in London raises £26.3 million

New records for Emily Mae Smith and Portia Zvavahera – PHILLIPS

Young Contemporary Artists Command Fiercely Competitive Bidding with New Auction Records Set for Emily Mae Smith and Portia Zvavahera

Kate Bryan, Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, said, “We are pleased with tonight’s result
of £26.3 million, exceeding last year’s total and selling 99% by value and 95% by lot. Stepping away from traditions, our purpose-built saleroom in London brought us ever-closer to our growing community of collectors, with 35 countries participating and notably strong online bidding activity from across Asia. We took great pride in offering works of exceptional provenance, including Georg Baselitz’s Das letzte Selbstbildnis I from the Collection of Marcel Brient, which achieved the third highest price for the artist at auction. Choosing the right artists is key and we saw the sale open with a great depth of bidding for the front run of highly sought-after names, resulting in world auction records for Emily Mae Smith and Portia Zvavahera. Titus Kaphar’s Alternate Endings sold to an online bidder in Japan for eight times the estimate. Further strong prices were achieved for Salman Toor, who we brought to the secondary market for the first time this season, and Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, following the artist’s auction debut at Phillips in July. The result gives out a message of strength to the market and we look forward to the Hong Kong auctions next month and our New York Evening Sale on 7 December.”

Andy Warhol, Flowers

Georg Baselitz, Das letzte Selbstbildnis I (The Last Self-Portrait I)

Sean Scully, Somebody’s Angel

Georg-Baseltiz, Kopf an Kopf I

Emily Mae Smith, Alien Shores

Keith Haring, Untitled (Grace Jones Mask)

George Condo, The Age of Reason

Albert Oehlen, Die Veränderungen

Portia Zvavahera, Arising from the Unknown

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Pestus)

Banksy, Girl with Balloon Morons Sepia

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled

© Thomas De Cruz Media Haydon

London, 20 October 2020
Sale Total: £26,332,849 / $34,143,172 / €28,852,903
Lots Sold: 36 | Lots Offered: 38


Leave a Comment