Big London sales

Art for Bhopal Charity Sale

Phillips de Pury, October 11

The Bhopal disaster of 1984 left 8,000 people dead when chemicals used for the production of insecticides leaked from the Union Carbide factory. A further 30,000 people have subsequently died and 120,000 are chronically ill as a result of the after-effects, such as polluted drinking water, making Bhopal the biggest industrial accident in history.

This charity sale of water-carrying pots decorated by 25 leading artists, including Anish Kapoor, Peter Blake, Subodh Gupta and Antony Gormley aims to raise funds for Bhopal’s Sambhavna Clinic, which offers treatment to victims of the disaster. Bidding by registration only: Helen Rohwedder ( or +44 20 7318 4042

Contemporary Art

Phillips de Pury, October 13

On view from Saturday, the highlight of this 56-lot evening sale is David Hockney’s “Autumn Pool” from the celebrated “Paper Pool” series of 1978, offered on the open market for the first time since its creation. Estimate £700,000-£1m.

One of several versions of “The Scream (after Edvard Munch)” drawn by Andy Warhol during the early 1980s is available at £500,000-£700,000, while a quintessential, text-based painting by Ed Ruscha showing a barrel marked “Bee?” is tipped to fetch about £500,000.

Contemporary Art

Phillips de Pury, October 14

Of the three contemporary art “day” sales, this one probably offers the most diverse selection from its 148 lots. Works range from one of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki’s soft-porn “bondage” images at £5,000-£7,000 to a green, cross-shaped banquette that formed part of the furnishings at Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy restaurant.

A Roy Lichtenstein screen print, “Reverie”, is estimated to realise up to £85,000, while one of the seven editions of a Marc Quinn sculpture showing a contorted Kate Moss is estimated at £60,000-£80,000.

Look out, too, for Mark Wallinger’s eccentric installation “booty” comprising an umbrella, table, model railway and elephant’s foot. All yours for the same money.

Postwar and Contemporary Art

Christie’s, October 14

On view from Sunday, this flagship evening sale could gross more than £22m from 51 lots.

Damien Hirst leads the way with what Christie’s claims to be the most important – ie most valuable – Hirst to be offered since the artist deftly parted with 218 works for £111m through Sotheby’s during the Lehman Brothers crash. Titled “I am become death, shatterer of worlds” (physicist J Robert Oppenheimer’s words at the detonation of the first atomic bomb in 1945), the 5-metre wide painting showing a pattern of concentric circles is estimated at £2.5m-£3.5m.

Gerhard Richter’s “Two Trees” (£800,000-£1m) should also be among the top performers, while a strong photography section includes an Andreas Gursky interior of the New York Stock Exchange from the Lehman Brothers collection at £100,000-£150,000.

The Italian Sale

Christie’s, October 14

Directly after the postwar and contemporary evening sale, this 45-lot affair will include a bronze sculpture of a stylised horse and rider by Marino Marino that caused a scandal among members of the Swedish worker’s union Unionen when it was purchased as an investment in 1955. Unionen is now set to draw up to £1.8m from its sale and its members have probably stopped complaining. No fewer than seven Lucio Fontana works will be on offer with estimates from £200,000-£800,000, while a piece from Alighiero Boetti’s popular “Mappe” series is tipped to make £700,000-£1m. The embroidered world map was made in partnership with Afghan women weavers in 1983, four years after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Postwar and Contemporary Art

Christie’s, October 15

Starting at 2pm on Saturday, this sale comprises 206 less expensive contemporary pieces with individual estimates ranging from £10,000. Among the lots will be a selection of works consigned by the Royal College of Art in a bid to raise funds for the final phase of its campus building project in Battersea. David Hockney, Tracey Emin and Frank Auerbach have donated works to the cause, and Jake and Dinos Chapman have chipped in with the offer of executing a portrait for the winning bidder. Estimate for the latter is in the £15,000-£20,000 range.

Contemporary Art

Sotheby’s, October 15

The greatest stir in this prestigious evening sale will no doubt be caused by half a dozen artworks from the collection of the Texan supermodel Jerry Hall. The highlights of the collection include a fabulously unflattering portrait of her painted by Lucian Freud in 1997 when she was “Eight Months Gone” (estimate £300,000- £400,000) and also “Dollar Sign”, by Andy Warhol, which the pop art king gave to Hall as a thank you for working on his television show in the early 1980s (£120,000- £150,000).

Warhol is also represented by “Diamond Dust Shoes”, a £1.5m silk screen flecked with diamond dust, and “Flowers” from 1965, estimated at £650,000- £850,000.

A large black granite disc by Anish Kapoor is also on offer at £300,000- £400,000, also a life-sized lead, glass fibre and plaster figure by Antony Gormley (£230,000- £280,000).

20th Century Italian Art

Sotheby’s, October 15

As at Christie’s, Sotheby’s Italian sale is replete with Lucio Fontana “slash” canvases, but the Sotheby’s offerings are of higher quality and greater value. The best is a 5ft by 4ft green and gold example that has not been on the market for 40 years and is tipped to fetch as much as £2.5m, while a plain red work from 1965 is estimated at £1.6m-£2.2m.

Giorgio de Chirico’s “metaphysical” period, meanwhile, is demonstrated in “Interno Metafisico”, which combines incongruous elements such as biscuits, mannequins and architecture – it once belonged to Salvador Dali’s wife, Gala, and could realise around £2m.

A work by Alberto Burri that combines burnt plastic and acrylic paint on canvas is also up for grabs at £350,000-£500,000.

Contemporary Art

Sotheby’s, October 16

Sotheby’s contemporary art day sale features a further eight works from the £1.5m Jerry Hall collection and a further 300 lots in the £6,000-£200,000 price range by artists, both better and lesser known.

A typically bizarre Jean-Michel Basquiat composition showing birds, teeth and random words drawn on paper in oilstick is expected to make between £45,000-£55,000 while Scottish artist Peter Doig’s otherworldly canvas “By a River” (2003) is estimated at £120,000-£180,000.

Other notable names include Julian Opie, Chris Ofili, Banksy and Bridget Riley, whose psychedelic striped canvas “Bright Shade” could make up to £200,000.

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