37, "Figure Turning," by Francis Bacon, oil on canvas, 78 1/8 by 57
37, "Figure Turning," is an excellent oil on canvas by Francis Bacon
that measures 78 1/8 by 57 inches. It was painted in 1962.
It has an estimate of $20,000,000 to $30,000,000. It sold for $22,565,000.
31, "Untitled," by Mark Rothko, oil on canvas, 103 by 62 1/2 inches,
31 is a superb untitled oil on canvas by Mark Rothko (1904-1970).
It measures 103 by 62 1/2 inches and was painted in 1952.
It was included in the artist's retrospective in 1978-9 at
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
It has an estimate on request.
It sold for
70, "Untitled,"by Mark Rothko, oil on paper mounted on panel, 48 1/2 by
40 1/2 inches, 1969
70 is an excellent untitled oil on paper mounted on panel by Mark
Rothko (1903-1970). It measures 48 1/2 by 40 1/2 inches and
painted a year before his death when the year before doctors forbade
him because of his declining health to work on very large canvases.
The catalogue entry provides the following commentary:
where light seems trapped rather than released, where forms appear
static rather than floating, if one stands close to the work - as
Rothko wished - what emerges are myriad sensory cues, cascades of
multidirectional striations,variable interstices of chramatic layers,
and a luminescene that hovers over the surcace, flickering in
counterpoint under raking light."
It has an estimate of
$2,500,000 to $3,500,000. It
sold for $3,637,000.
35, "PH-1033," by Clyfford Still, oil on canvas, 93 1/2 by 83 inches,
35 is an excellent, "electric" abstraction by Clyfford Still
(1904-1980) entitled "PH-1033." An oil on canvas that
1/2 by 83 inches, it was painted in 1976. It has a very
estimate of $15,000,000 to $20,000,000. It sold for $17,525,000.
34, "Black Fire I," by Barnett Newman, oil on canvas, 114 by 84 inches,
34 is a large abstract oil on canvas by Barnett Newman (1905-1970).
Entitled "Black Fire I," it measures 114 by 84 inches, it was
painted in 1961. It was once owned by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
of New York and has been widely published and exhibited. It
has an estimate on request and sold for $84,165,000, an astounding
price considering that it is not a spectacular nor great picture.
auction record for the artist was $43,845,000, set at Sotheby's New
York May 14, 2013. Some of his other "zip"
pictures have more dynamic interest. After the auction, Mr. Gorvy
remarked that the price was "not a surprise as it was one of the last
great paintings left in private hands."
The auction also set
records for Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) of $11,925,000, Frank Stella (b.
1936) of $6,661,000, Robert Gober (b. 1954) of $4,197,000,
Marvin Puryear (b. 1941) of $1,805,000, Salvatore Scarpitta (1919-2007)
of $1,445,000, Robert Mangold (b. 1937) of $965,000, and Lucas
Samaras (b. 1936) of $281,000.
28, "Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Train," by Jeff Koons, stainless steel and
bourbon, 11 by 114 by 6 1/2 inches, 1986, this work is the artist's
proof from an edition of three and one artist's proof
cover illustration of the catalogue is Lot 28, "Jim Beam - J. B. Turner
Train," by Jeff Koons (b. 1955). (The cover illustration of Sotheby's
Contemporary Art evening auction this season is another work by Koons,
the far more colorful and dramatic, "Popeye.") The very
steel train contains bourbon and measures 11 by 114 by 6 1/2 inches.
It is the artist's proof from an edition of three and one
artist's proof. Other examples have been very widely
and another example has been requested for a retrospective exhibition
that begins next month at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
catalogue describes the work as "a silvery seam of industrial
nostalgia," and adds that "Like Andy Warhol, Koons has taken an iconic
element from the cultural landscape of the United States and used it as
a vehicle for a sophisticated investigation of art and society."
It has an estimate of request.
It sold for $33,765,000.
64, "Kiepenkerl," by Jeff Koons, stainless steel, 71 by 26 by 37
inches, 1987, this work is the artist's proof from an edition of three
and one artist's proof.
64, "Kiepenkerl," by Jeff Koons, is a stainless steel statue that
measures 72 by 26 by 37 inches and was created in 1987. This
is the artist's proof from an edition of three and one artist's proof.
was a traveling salesman, a folk hero who traveled peddling hom egrown
produce and gossip. The catalogue rerpoduces a Nazi
poster from 1944 with Kiepenkerl.
It has an estimate of $3,500,000 to $4,500,000. It sold for $4,085,000.
23, "Race Riot," by Andy Warhol, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen in
four parts, 60 by 66 inches overall, 1964
exhibited and published, this four-part work by Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
was once owned by Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer. Lot
it is entiled "Race Riot" and the acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
measures 60 by 66 inches overall and was created in 1964.
painted 10 "Race Riot" pictures in 1963 and 1964 based on Charles
Moore's photographs of police action against blacks in Birmingham,
Alabama in May 1963 and his photographs appeared in Life
magazine. Warhol often remarked that repetition "deconstructs
meaning of a work." This work has an estimate on request.
It sold for
69, "John Lennon," by Andy Warhol, synthetic polymer and silkscreen
inks on canvas, 40 1/8 inches square, 1986
69 is an excellent portrait of John Lennon by Andy Warhol.
synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas measures 40 1/8 inches
square and was created in 1986. It is similar but more
a portrait with a black background that Warhol did for Lennon's
posthumous album "Menlove Ave." It has an estimate of $2,500,000 to
sold for $2,853,000.
26, "White Marilyn," by Andy Warhol, acrylic and silkscreen ink on
linen, 20 by 16 inches, 1962
26 is a white acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen image of Marlyn
Monroe by Andy Warhol. Created in 1962, it measures 20 by 16
inches. It is based on a photograph by Gene Korman of the
as a publicity shot for the 1953 movie Niagara.
The actress committed suicide August 5, 1962.
one of 12 portraits he did of the actress in the same dimensions
and this work was one of eight Marilyns selected for the
one-man exhibition at Eleanor Ward's New York Gallery in
Novvember, 1962. It has an estimate of $12,000,000 to
sold for $41 045,000.
66, "The Prisoner,"by Roy Lichtenstein, oil and Magna on canvas, 60 by
40 inches, 1980
66 is an excellent oil and Magna on canvas by Roy Lichtenstein
(1923-1997) from 1980 entitled "The Prisoner." It measures 60
40 inches. It has a modest estimate of $2,500,000 to
It sold for
30, "Number 5, 1951/'Elegant Lady,'" by Jackson Pollock, oil on canvas,
58 by 55 1/2 inches, 1951
Lot 30, "Number 5,
1951/"Elegant Lady," by Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is an oil on canvas
that measures 58 by 55 1/2 inches. It was painted in 1951 and
has been widely exhibited. It has an estimate of $12,000,000
to $18,000,000. It
sold for $11,365,000.
36, "Untitled," by Jean-Michel Basquiat, acrylic, oilstick and metallic
spray enamel on canvas, 68 by 103 inches, 1981
36 is an untitled acrylic, oilstick and metallic spray enamel on canvas
by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). It measures 68 by 103
and was painted in 1981, probably in the basement of Annina Nosei's
Gallery at 100 Prince Street where Phoebe Hoban observed that "the room
was filled with a haze of pot smoke," adding that "There was a mound of
coke on a table, a couple of funky chairs, and a boom box, playing a
steady stream of Charlie Parker." The catalogue entry
artist's nuanced appropriation of iconography based on such diverse
sources as African masks, voodoo figurines and Western religious
symbols, such as angels, halos, devils, saints and martyrs, as conduits
to explore ideas surrrounding power, myth-making and his everday
existence. Emerging from this richly wrought backdrop
conjures his large-scale warrior figure with equal parts menace and
humor partially revealing its skeletal makeup and
which recalls the artist's deep and recuring interest in anatomy."
The lot has an estimate of $20,000,000 to $30,000,000. It sold for $34,885,000.
60, "Do Not Revenge," by Jean-Michel Basquat, acrylic and oilstick on
canvas, 52 by 84 inches, 1982
60 is a smaller Basquiat painted one year later than Lot 36 that is
perhaps a stronger picture. It is entitled "Do Not Revenge,"
an is an acrylic and oilstick on canvas that measures 52 by 84 inches.
The catalogue entry includes the following Basquiat quote:
arrived at primitive art in order togive ot is nobility to Western art.
And I arrived at Picasso to give nobility to the art called
has a modest estimateof $8,000,000 to $12,000,000. It sold for $9,293,000.
67, "The Eastern Skies are Laden with Silk," by Anselm Kiefer, oil,
emulsion, shellac, resin, ashes, hair and coated branches on lead laid
down on canvas, 82 5/8 by 220 3/8 inches, 2004
67 is an enormous and superb work by Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) entitled
"The Eastern Skies are Laden with Silk." An oil, emulsion,
shellac, resin, ashes, hair and coated branches on lead laid down on
canvas, it measures 82 5/8 by 220 3/8 inches. It was created
2004. The top of the painting has an inscription from
Celan whose 1944 poem "Septemberkrone inspired Kiefer to create this
searing evocation of historical memory," according to the catalogue
entry. Celan was the only surviving member of a Romanian
family that was deported and subsequently exterminated at a Nazi
concentration camp and he subsequently commited suicide but not before
producing "some of the most haunting Germanic poetry ever written,"
according to the catalogue.
The lot has a modest estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It was passed at $950,000.
Paulson and Brett Gorvy of Christie's taking phone bids on Alexander
Calder's Lot 25, "Poisson volant (Flying Fish)," shown above, with
Steven P. Murphy, chief executive officer of Christie's, and
Carol Vogel of The New York Times shown
below podium at left
Lot 25, "Poisson Volant
(Flying Fish)," a large mobile by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was
executed in 1957 and measures 89 by 24 by 40 inches and is part of the
Bergman Collection. It has an estimate of $9,000,000 to
sold for an astounding $25,925,000, smashing his previous auction
record of $18,562,500 set at Christie's New York May 8, 2012.
auction has several superb Joseph Cornell lots that had been exhibited
from 1980 to 1982 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art
Institute of Chicago as part of the Lindy and Edwin Bergman Joseph
5, "Untitled (Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall)," by Joseph
Cornell, wood box construction with wood, glass, paint, tinted glass,
mirror, foil paper, string thread and printed paper collage and
accompanying dossier of a paperboard folder with photographs,
photo-mechanical reproductions, magazine excerpts, pamplet and notes,
20 1/2 by 17 by 3 1/2 inches, 1946
5 is a large wood box construction by Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)
entitled "Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall" that was created in
1946. It measures 20 1/2 by 17 by 3 1/2 inches. It
been widely exhibited nad published. The artist
creating this work after watched the actress in "To Have and Have Not,"
a film he described as "pure Hollywood hokum." It has an estimate of
$4,000,000 to $6,000,000. It
sold for $5,317,000.
10, "Medici Princess," by Joseph Cornell, wood box construction, wood,
printed paper collage, paint, glass, metal and mirror, 14 1/8 by 11 by
4 inches, 1952
10 is a lovely wood box construction by Cornell from 1952 entitled
"Medici Princess." It measures 14 1/8 by 11 by 4 inches.
was illustrated on the cover of the July-August, 1967 issue of Art News
to acccompany an article by me. The girl in the center of the
is Bia de' Medici as portrayed by Bronzino. It has an
$2,500,000 to $3,500,000. It
sold for $5,989,000.
"Medici" wood box construction by Cornell, Lot 7, "Medici Slot
Machine," executed in 1943 is estimated at $2,500,000 to $3,500,000. It sold
for $7,781,000, soaring above the artist's previous auction record of
$4,827,750 set at Christie's New York May 15, 2013.
2, "Untitled (Snow Maiden)," by Joseph Cornell, box construction of
wood, paper, printed paper, glass, paint and dried flowers, 13 1/8 by
13 1/4 by 2 5/8 inches, 1933
2, "Snow Maiden," is a lovely and simple Cornell box construction from
1933 with wood, paper, printed paper glass, paint and direct flowers.
It measures 13 1/8 by 13 1/4 by 2 5/8 inches. It
estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000. It
sold for $1,685,000.