NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips de Pury & Company
s Modern & Contemporary Editions sale at 450 Park Avenue, comprising 251 lots, sold 91% by value and 84% by lot achieving $1,981,688 (including premium).
Todays Editions sale closed the New York spring auction season with vibrant results. The full saleroom, active in person, phone and online bidding illustrated the dynamic auction atmosphere culminating in much competitive bidding. The sale exhibited the strength of the modern and contemporary editions market and demonstrated Phillips de Pury & Companys prominent role in the Editions field.
The crowd pleasing variety of images and price levels proved ever popular and complemented our highly successful Evening Editions sale this past April. We saw great enthusiasm from private collectors new and seasoned. We look forward to our October 27th Evening Editions sale this fall. Worldwide Directors, Kelly Troester & Cary Leibowitz.
In addition to world records set for five of the top ten lots in todays sale; world records were set for works by Sybil Andrews, Will Barnet, Richard Bosman, Willem de Kooning, Sherrie Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Kiki Smith, Paula Scher and Andy Warhol.
Top Ten Lots:
Andy Warhol Ads $362,500
Walton Ford Swadeshi-cide, 1998; La Historia Me Absolvera, 1999; Benjamins Emblem, 2000; Tale of Johnny Nutkin, 2001; Compromised, 2002; and Visitation, 2004 $104,500 (world record for edition works)
Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl $37,500
Andy Warhol 25 Cats Named Sam and one Blue Pussy book $37,500
Sol LeWitt All Combinations of Arcs from Corners, Sides, Grids, Circles Using Four Colors $32,500 (world record for this set)
John Baldessari A Suite of Five Lithographs for Tristam Shandy $32,500 (world record for this set)
Andy Warhol Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick) $30,000 (world record for this image)
Brice Marden Tiles portfolio $27,500 (world record for this set)
Jasper Johns Usuyuki $25,000
Andy Warhol Myths: Mammy $21,250