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Pollock, Rothko, Richter and other brand names for Big Prices at Sotheby’s – UPDATED with sale results

November 12, 2012

Lot 10. JACKSON POLLOCK, 1912 – 1956, NUMBER 4, 1951, signed on the reverse, oil, enamel and aluminum paint on canvas, 30 1/8 x 25 in. 76.5 x 63.5 cm., Executed in 1951.
Estimate: $25-35 million This lot sold for $40,402, 500 ($36 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

The November 13, 2012 evening sale of post War and contemporary art at Sotheby’s features eight Abstract Expressionist works owned by Sidney and Dorothy Kohl – all bold faced names from the period: Pollock, De Kooning, Mitchell, Gorky, Gottlieb, Hoffman, Still and Kline.  Collectively, they represent the artistic energy, innovation and rebellion of the time. The sale also features a somewhat severe Rothko, some Bacons, a bevy of Warhols and Richters, a smattering of Twomblys and many others.

Here are the top ten works by estimate, inclusive of the Pollock (above):

Lot. 19. MARK ROTHK, 1903 – 1970, NO. 1 (ROYAL RED AND BLUE), signed, titled #1 and dated 1954 on the reverse, oil on canvas, 113 3/4 x 67 1/2 in. 288.9 x 171.5 cm.
Estimate: $35-50 million.  This lot sold for $75,122,500 ($67 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Lot 26. FRANCIS BACON, 1909 – 1992, UNTITLED (POPE), oil on canvas, 59 7/8 x 37 in. 152 x 94 cm. Executed circa 1954.
Estimate: $18-25 million.  This lot sold for $29,762,500 ($26.5 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Lot 4. GERHARD RICHTER, B.1932, ABSTRAKTES BILD, signed, dated 1990 and numbered 712 on the reverse, oil on canvas, 102 3/8 x 78 3/4 in. 260 x 200 cm.
Estimate: approximately $16 million.  This lot sold for $17,442,500 ($15.5 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Lot 13. WILLEM DE KOONING, 1904 – 1997, ABSTRACTION, signed, oil, enamel and charcoal on card laid down on composition board, 24 3/8 x 32 1/2 in. 61.9 x 82.6 cm. Executed circa 1949.
Estimate: $15-20 million.  This lot sold for $19,682,500 ($17.5 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Lot 14. CLYFFORD STILL, 1904 – 1980, 1948-H, signed and dated Clyfford 1948; signed, titled and inscribed on the reverse, oil on canvas, 75 x 69 5/8 in. 190.5 x 176.8 cm.
Estimate: $15-20 million.  This lot sold for $9,882,500 ($8.75 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Lot 37. ANDY WARHOL, 1928 – 1987, TROY, signed and dated 1962 on the reverse, acrylic, silkscreen ink and pencil on canvas, 80 3/4 x 60 1/4 in. 205.1 x 153 cm. Executed in August 1962.
Estimate: $15-20 million. This lot was withdrawn.

Lot 22. ANDY WARHOL, 1928 – 1987, GREEN DISASTER (GREEN DISASTER TWICE), acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 48 x 41 3/4 in. 121.9 x 106 cm. Executed in January – February 1963.
Estimate: approximately $12 million.  This lot sold for $15,202,500 ($13.5 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Lot 27. FRANCIS BACON, 1909 – 1992, STUDY FOR HEAD OF ISABEL RAWSTHORNE, titled and dated 1967 on the reverse, oil on canvas, 14 x 12 in. 35.5 x 30.5 cm.
Estimate: $9-12 million.  This lot sold for $9,322,500 ($8.25 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Lot 42. JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, 1960 – 1988, ONION GUM, titled on the reverse, acrylic and oilstick on canvas, 78 x 80 in. 198.1 x 203.2 cm. Executed in 1983.
Estimate: $7-9 million.  This lot sold for $7,365,500 ($6.5 million hammer price plus buyer’s premium)

Complete results here.

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