London art sales: October

Auctions at Phillips de Pury, Bonhams, Sotheby’s and Christie’s

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

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.

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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