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Out of the gate, Amy Sheralds The Bathers shattered previous auction records more than tenfold to achieve a remarkable $4,265,00, nearly 30 times the presale estimate with nearly 15 minutes of bidding. Titus Kaphars Veil achieved $365,400, five times its presale estimate, and Matthew Wongs Before Night Falls achieved $1,252,100, more than tripling the presale estimate; demonstrating Phillips
continuing strength in emerging artists markets.
Hockneys Nichols Canyon sold for a ground-breaking $41,067,500, setting a record for a landscape by the artist -- this price calibre is typically reserved for his figurative works but the rarity and truly exceptional nature of this landscape has shattered that notion. Clyfford Stills remarkable PH-407, which achieved $18,442,500, is a rare monumental work from his Maryland period, and its one of only a few dozen works by the artist to remain in private hands. Basquiats Portrait of A-One AKA King sold for $11,500,000, marking the first time this work has come to market in 30 years. The painting is an exemplary work from the apex of Basquiats career, painted in 1982 when he was producing important works of art. We set a world record for Kehinde Wileys Portrait of Mickalene Thomas, the Coyote, achieving $378,000, tripling the presale estimate while Mickalene Thomas Ive Been Good To Me, achieved $901,200, quadrupling the presale estimate for the work.
Edward Dolman, CEO, said, Tonight marks a stunning achievement for Phillips where we have achieved the highest sale total for a New York auction in the companys history. Tonights sale total marks a nearly 25% increase over last falls 20th Century & Contemporary Sale and amid a truly unprecedented year that saw myriad challenges to the art market and the auctions. At Phillips we have long had a digital first strategy that has borne out: the live auction event as we knew it has been reimagined and transformed, with the excitement and energy of the auction room being telegraphed worldwide from our custom designed studio set in London, including a live video feed from New York and bidding feeds from around the globe. This achievement comes on the heels of another record setting auction in Hong Kong, and we have seen continued growth in that market.
Jean-Paul Engelen and Robert Manley, Worldwide Co-Heads of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, jointly said, We are thrilled to be ending an unprecedented year so strongly; nine months after the initial shut down that threw the live auction world into uncertainty we have just had one of the strongest sales in Phillips history. This success is testimony to the strength of our team and the deep relationships we have with our collectors, forged over decades of expertly bringing the best works to market with the creativity and dynamism for which Phillips is known. The sale was one of our most diverse and we were pleased to see five artists of color achieve worldwide auction records this evening.