Phillips realizes £34.4 million in a White Glove evening sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, with the combined total night and day sales amounting to £45.1 million.
Dina Amin, Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Europe, said: “We are absolutely delighted with tonight’s “White Glove Sale,” in which we sold every lot. The strong results for Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, up 41% from a year ago, follow our record-breaking Day Sale, which marked the highest total in London in company history. As a result, our global auction sales for 20th Century & Contemporary Art are up a remarkable 81% for the first half of 2018, demonstrating continued strength in the market and the extraordinary momentum at Phillips. In this evening’s sale, we experienced very active bidding for Martin Kippenberger’s masterpiece ‘Ohne Titel’ (aus der Serie Das Floß der Medusa), and Lucio Fontana’s ‘Concetto Spaziale, Natura,’ along with exciting works by Jonas Wood and Sean Scully. We look forward to the fall auction season in London, New York and Hong Kong.”
The top ten lots include: Martin Kippenberger’s “Ohne Titel” (aus der Serie Das Floß der Medusa), 1996 sold for £8,446,500; Joan Mitchell’s “Champs,” 1990 estimated at £2,500,000 - 3,500,000 achieved £3,189,000; Francis Bacon’s “Interior of a room,” 1935 estimated at £3,000,000 - 5,000,000 achieved £2,854,000; Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Bird as Buddha,” 1984 estimated at £2,000,000 - 3,000,000 achieved £2,529,000; George Condo’s “Collision Course,” 2009 estimated at £1,400,000 - 1,800,000 achieved £1,689,000; Yayoi Kusama’s “INFINITY-NETS” (QRTWE), 2007 estimated at £1,500,000 - 2,000,000 achieved £1,689,000; Lucio Fontana’s “Concetto spaziale, Natura,” 1960 estimated at £700,000 - 1,000,000 achieved £1,629,000; Jonas Wood’s “Rosy's Masks,” 2008 estimated at £700,000 - 900,000 achieved £1,569,000; Mark Tansey’s “Library (of Babylon),” 1994 estimated at £1,500,000 - 2,000,000 achieved £1,569,000; and Sean Scully’s “Landline Green Sea,” 2014 estimated at £600,000 - 800,000 achieved £1,209,000.
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