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Keith Haring masterwork achieves top lot at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale
Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), Untitled, 1983, acrylic on vinyl tarpaulin. Price realized: $4,220,075. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- The top lot of the sale was Keith Haring’s Untitled (1983), one of the artist’s massive unabashed masterworks, sold for $4,220,075 at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art sale on May 15. Offered at auction for the first time, this was the work's first public exhibition in over a decade. In addition, two world auction records were achieved for artists Jack Youngerman and Leo Villareal.

Muys Snijders, Head of Americas for Post-War & Contemporary Art, commented: “We were so pleased to see notable prices achieved across a variety of superb works by stellar artists, as seen with Haring’s extraordinary tarpaulin. The sale started with a fierce battle for a painting by Jack Youngerman, which made a new world auction record for the artist. We were also delighted by the strong prices achieved for works by Olga de Amaral, Wojciech Fangor, and François-Xavier Lalanne, amongst many others.”

Further highlights in the sale were:

• Olga de Amaral, (Colombian, born 1932), Alquimia 68, 1988, achieved $243,825. Estimate: $70,000-90,000.

• Wojciech Fangor (Polish/American, 1922-2015), M38, 1969, achieved $137,575. Estimate: $30,000-50,000.

• Sturtevant (American, 1926-2014), Warhol's Flowers, 1968, achieved $85,075. Estimate: $60,000-80,000.

• Jack Youngerman (American, born 1926), August, 1966, achieved $93,825, a world auction record for the artist. Estimate: $12,000-18,000.

Leo Villareal (American, born 1967), Sunburst, 2002, achieved $52,575, a world auction record for the artist. Estimate: $35,000-45,000.

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