LONDON.- The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale realised a total of £16,158,250, over two times the low estimate, selling 93% by lot and 94% by value, and was led by Yayoi Kusama's My Life (2014), which more than doubled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £1,222,500. The sale was highlighted by the rising stars of contemporary art, opening with spirited bidding, which delivered above estimate results for Hurvin Anderson's Girl in a Tree (record in the medium for a work on paper: £387,500), Amoako Boafo's Portrait (£181,250), Chantalle Joffe's Night Self-Portrait in a Red Dress (record: £75,000), Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Red Twins II (£150,000), Claire Tabouret's Les Diadèmes (Rose et Bleu) (£112,500), Salman Toor's Untitled (Woman) (£237,500) and Caroline Walker's Dividing Lines (record: £81,250). Ewa Juszkiewicz's Grove (2014) sold for more than 12 times its high estimate, realising a new world auction record for the artist (£437,500).
Artists, gallerists and collectors generously donated works to benefit the children's charity Rays of Sunshine, achieving a total to date of £2,036,000. The group was led by Flora Yukhnovich's Puits d'amour (Wells of Love), with 18 phone bidders competing for 10 minutes to chase the final price to £910,500 against an estimate of £20,000-30,000, the second highest price in the Day Sale. France-Lise McGurn's Goya Eyes sold for a record £87,500, more than five times its high estimate. Notable results were also achieved for Tony Cragg's Senders (£125,000), Yoshitomo Nara's TOKIO TOKIO (£250,000), and Caroline Walker's Study for Laundry Sorting, Morning, December (£81,250). A further 15 lots to benefit Rays of Sunshine are offered in our online only sale First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art, which is open for bidding until 19 October.
Additional highlights include Aboudia's Untitled (£125,000), André Butzer's Ganze Mandeln waschen für Vogelfutter (record: £193,750), George Condo's Untitled (£250,000), Yves Saint Laurent's Love (record in the medium for a work on paper: £168,500), Harland Miller's Murder - We've All Done It (£325,000), Takashi Murakamis Thinking Matter (Red) (£598,500), Arnoldo Pomodoro's Sfera (£300,000), Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes Bild (£450,000), Cinga Samson's Bestow: to confer or present (an honour, right, or gift) 4 (£85,000), Chiharu Shiota's State of Being (Book) (£250,000), Salman Toor's Nina Q and Nina X with Pearls (£300,000), and Andy Warhol's Karen Kain (£437,500).
First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art remains open for bidding online until 19 October 2021, including Osinachi's NFT series Different Shades of Water and Stanley Donwood's six paintings, closely relating to the cover and sleeve art of Radiohead's Kid A. No Regrets: The Collector's Edition is also open online until 18 October, with no reserves offered for the 105 works presented in the sale.