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Lichtenstein Squeaks by while Rothko tanks at Phillips Nov. 2013 Contemporary art sale in NY

November 11, 2013
Lot 22. ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Woman with Peanuts, 1962 oil and graphite on canvas: 69 x 45 3/4 in. (175.3 x 116.2 cm.) Signed and dated "rf Lichtenstein '62" on the reverse. Estimate $10,000,000 - 15,000,000

Lot 22. ROY LICHTENSTEIN, Woman with Peanuts, 1962
oil and graphite on canvas: 69 x 45 3/4 in. (175.3 x 116.2 cm.)
Signed and dated “rf Lichtenstein ’62” on the reverse.
Estimate $10,000,000 – 15,000,000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $9.5 million ($10,805,000 with the buyer’s premium).

Phillips inaugurated the Post War & Contemporary art with 40 lots and proceeded smoothly until lot 17, when an untitled work by Cy Twombly, became the first casualty of the evening, followed immediately by one of the top estimated lots, a late Rothko, lot 18 (below).  Dealer David Zwirner picked up two of the top estimated works, the David Hammons and the Jeff Koons (below). Bidding picked up steam again until it hit a speed bump at Lot 29, Wayne Thiebaud’s Traffic Lanes, which failed, as did the next two lots.

In all, only five lots unsold, a solid performance, and a decent start to the week (complete results).  Artinfo’s Judd Tully has a more detailed blow by blow.

Now onto the big guns. On Tuesday, Christie’s tests the market with a Francis Bacon triptych of Lucien Freud with an estimate in the range of $86 million, and Jeef Koons balloon dog estimated at $35-55 million.

Lot 18. MARK ROTHKO, Untitled (Black on Gray), 1969-70 acrylic on canvas: 68 x 64 in (172.7 x 162.6 cm.) Estimate $10,000,000 - 15,000,000

Lot 18. MARK ROTHKO, Untitled (Black on Gray), 1969-70
acrylic on canvas: 68 x 64 in (172.7 x 162.6 cm.)
Estimate $10,000,000 – 15,000,000. Bidding on this lot stopped at $9 million and it failed to sell.

Lot 8. ANDY WARHOL, Nine Gold Marilyns (Reversal Series), 1980 silkscreen and acrylic on canvas: 54 1/8 x 41 3/4 in. (137.5 x 106 cm.) Signed, titled and dated "9 Gold Marilyns, Andy Warhol, 1980 Reversal Series" along the overlap. Estimate $8,000,000 - 12,000,000

Lot 8. ANDY WARHOL, Nine Gold Marilyns (Reversal Series), 1980
silkscreen and acrylic on canvas: 54 1/8 x 41 3/4 in. (137.5 x 106 cm.)
Signed, titled and dated “9 Gold Marilyns, Andy Warhol, 1980 Reversal Series” along the overlap.
Estimate $8,000,000 – 12,000,000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $8 million ($9,125,000 with the buyer’s premium).

Lot 7. DAVID HAMMONS, Untitled, 2000 crystal, brass, frosted glass, light fixtures, hardware and steel: 77 x 87 x 25 in. (195.6 x 221 x 63.5 cm.) Executed in 2000. This work is unique from a series of 3. Estimate $5,000,000 - 7,000,000

Lot 7. DAVID HAMMONS, Untitled, 2000
crystal, brass, frosted glass, light fixtures, hardware and steel: 77 x 87 x 25 in. (195.6 x 221 x 63.5 cm.)
Executed in 2000. This work is unique from a series of 3.
Estimate $5,000,000 – 7,000,000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $7 million dollars ($8,005,000 with the buyer’s premium).

Lot 5. JEFF KOONS, Buster Keaton, 1988 polychromed wood: 66 x 48 x 27 in. (167.6 x 121.9 x 68.6 cm.) This work is numbered and dated "1/3 '88" on the underside. This work is number 1 from an edition of 3 plu ... Estimate $4,000,000 - 6,000,000.

Lot 5. JEFF KOONS, Buster Keaton, 1988
polychromed wood: 66 x 48 x 27 in. (167.6 x 121.9 x 68.6 cm.)
This work is numbered and dated “1/3 ’88” on the underside. This work is number 1 from an edition of 3 plu …
Estimate $4,000,000 – 6,000,000. This lot sold for a hammer price of $3.8 million (4,421,000 with the buyer’s premium).

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