London art sales: October

An edition of Warhol’s ‘Mao’, at Sotheby’s

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

October 12, Phillips de Pury

The evening auction at Phillips de Pury contains some superstar names. Lot 9 is Damien Hirst’s stained glass effect butterfly collage “Observation – The Crown of Justice”, with an estimate of £700,000-£1m, while Jeff Koons’ “Seal Walrus Trashcans” (2003), taken from an edition of three (plus one artist’s copy), is estimated at £2m-£3m. Elsewhere, George Condo’s 2008 “Cave Painting”, with its dangling carrot – “a metaphor of false hope” – is expected to sell for £300,000-£500,000.

Contemporary Art Day Sale

October 13, Phillips de Pury

A diverse selection of 256 works goes under the hammer in this lower-profile PdP offering. “Untitled”, an LED, electric wire and stainless steel sculpture by Tatsuo Miyajima, has an estimate of £40,000-£50,000; a John Baldessari photograph from 1986 – “Space between glad hands” – should fetch £100,000-£150,000; and Rashid Rana’s “Offshore Accounts – 1”, a digital colour coupler print in four parts, from an edition of five, is at £80,000-£120,000.

Contemporary One

October 13, Bonhams

Also on Thursday is Bonhams’ first ever dedicated auction of contemporary art, Contemporary One. With just 20 lots, it’s a focused sale with a curated feel. Highlights include Alighiero Boetti’s monumental 12-panel installation “Anno 1984”, at £1.2m-£1.8m, and Martial Raysse’s 1963 untitled “oil, collage and powder puff on canvas”, with an estimate of £350,000-£400,000.

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

October 13, Sotheby’s

Forty-seven pieces go on sale at Sotheby’s, with strong representation from the School of London group, including three works by the late Lucian Freud – “Boy’s Head” is estimated at £3m-£4m – as well as works by Frank Auerbach and a Leon Kossoff landscape, “A Street in Willesden”, at £350,000-£450,000. Two of Warhol’s most recognisable icons – Mao and Marilyn – are also listed.

Contemporary Art Day Auction

October 14, Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction, meanwhile, emphasises less weighty names, with works such as George Shaw’s “Scenes from the Passion: The Opening”, at £12,000-£18,000, and Katy Moran’s oil on canvas “April Waters”, listed at £10,000-£15,000. But the big beasts of the art world are also present, with a series of lots by Damien Hirst and Banksy, and Marc Quinn’s sculpture “Pink Sphinx”, with an asking price of £220,000-£280,000.

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

October 14, Christie’s

A total of 53 lots are on sale at Christie’s Friday evening auction. Top of the bill is Gerhard Richter’s simple photo-realist oil on canvas “Kerze” (“Candle”), painted in 1982 and valued at £6m-£9m. Some of Richard Prince’s assorted hermaphroditic characters appear in “Untitled (de Kooning)” (£300,000-£400,000), as do similarly ambiguous figures in Maria Lassnig’s “Competition I”, at an estimate of £100,000-£150,000.

The Italian Sale

October 14, Christie’s

Directly after the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, the Italian Sale boasts highlights in the shape of two works from Lucio Fontana’s Concetto spaziale series: a dark painting is estimated at £1.6m-£2m, and a vandalised canvas at £1m-£1.5m. Elsewhere, there is a colourful embroidered work from Alighiero Boetti’s Tutto series, at £1.2m-£1.8m, and Giorgio Morandi’s small oil painting “Natura morta”, which is listed at £350,000-£650,000.

Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

October 15, Christie’s

The day auction contains 214 lots, none of which is expected to sell for more than £450,000. Among them are Luc Tuymans’ 1993 painting “Thumb”, at £100,000-£150,000, Emilio Vedova’s “Diario ’90 – III”, at £20,000-£30,000, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s “Fenêtre Extrovertie”, at £130,000-£180,000.

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