The first part of the group of artworks from the collection of the world-famous American supermodel and actress, Jerry Hall, went under the hammer in Sothebys
Evening Sale of Contemporary Art in London tonight, bringing a total of £2,336,650 - well-above expectations for the entire collection of £1.5 million. The second part of the group (the remaining eight art works) will be auctioned at Sothebys tomorrow.
Among the six works presented for sale this evening, highlights were:
Andy Warhols Dollar Sign, which the artist gifted to Jerry Hall in recognition of her help with the production of his television show, Warhol TV. This sold tonight for £217,250 above its high estimate of £120,000-150,000
Lucian Freuds oil on canvas Eight Months Gone an intimate portrayal of Jerry reclining eight months pregnant with her fourth child Gabriel which Freud painted after meeting Jerry Hall at a dinner party brought £601,250 (est. £300,000-400,000), while his Quinces made £313,250 (est. £150,000-200,000)
Frank Auerbachs Head of Helen Gillespie, acquired by Jerry in 1997, sold for £1,071,650 (est. £700,000-900,000).
This exceptional collection reflects two chapters of Miss Halls extraordinary life and career: firstly at the forefront of the glamorous avant-garde in 1970s and 1980s New York and subsequently her family-oriented life in London , the adored city of Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach.