This past week brought mixed news concerning the state of the art auction market when it was reported that Christie’s met expectations at its auction of post-war and contemporary art.
For those who missed it, here is a quick look at some of the press coverage:
According to Reuters, "the sale, at which 85 percent of the 46 lots found buyers, saw briskly competitive bidding in a packed salesroom, taking in $74,151,500 including commission, right in the middle of the auction house’s pre-sale estimate." However, "both of the most expensive lots — Jean-Michel Basquiat’s "Brother Sausage," estimated at $9 million to $12 million, and Andy Warhol’s "Tunafish Disaster," estimated at $6 million to $8 million — failed to sell."
The Reuters article can be found here: www.reuters.com/article/artsNews/idUSTRE5A30M220091111
Although noting that the mood at the sale was "chipper," the Wall Street Journal sourly reported that the "result still paled to Christie’s $113.6 million sale of contemporary art last November and its $325 million total in 2008."
The Wall Street Journal article can be found here:
The New York Times was perhaps the most optimistic of the three news sources, cheerily noting that the "event drew crowds" and it was a sale with "high-profile sellers" and dealers who "looked pleased."
The New York Times article can be found here: