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Contemporary Art Day Auction
Sotheby's New York

10 AM, November 18, 2016

Sale 9573

Kiefer carrier


Lot 473, "Dein Hausritt die Finstere Welle," by Anselm Kiefer, oil, emulsion, acrylic, coal, lead boat and books on canvas, 110 1/4 by 151 1/4 inches, 2005

By Carter B. Horsley

The November 18, 2016 Contemporary Art Day Auction at Sotheby's New York is highlighted by several fine works by Anselm Kiefer, Helen Frankenthalter, Mark Bradford, Robert Motherwell, Robert Longo, Andy Warhol and Jean Dubuffet.

Lot 473 is a large and very dramatic work featuring a lead aircraft carrier by Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945) that is entitled "Dein Hausritt die Finstere Welle (Your House Rode the Dark Wave)."  The oil, emulsion, acrylic, coal, lead boat and books on canvas measures 110 1/4 by 151 1/4 inches.  It was created in 2005. It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $912,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale total was $80,227,375, which exceeded the high estimate.

Auction records were set for 15 artists.

Frankenthaler
Lot 122, "Under April Mood," by Helen Frankenthaler, acrylic on canvas, 41 by 175 1/2 inches, 1974

Lot 122 is a very lush and large abstraction by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) entitled "Under April Mood."  It measures 41 by 175 1/2 inches and was painted in 1974.  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,00.  It sold for $2,532,500, the artist's second highest price at auction.

Bradford 429

Lot 429, "Untitled (MB  9693)," by Mark Bradford, by mixed media collage, 22 by 28 inches, 2009

Lot 429, "Untitled (MB 9693)," is a strong mixed media collage by Mark Bradford (b. 1961).  It measures 22 by 28 inches and was executed in 2009.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $540,000.

Motherwell

Lot 120, "August Sea No. 3,"  by Robert Motherwell, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 72 by 36 inches, 1972

Lot 120 is a very strong abstract acyrlic and charcoal on canvas by Robert Motherwell (1915-1991).  It is entitled "August Sea No. 3" and it measures 72 by 36 inches.  It was painted in 1972.  It has an estimate of $700,000 to $1,000,000.  It sold for $1,572,500.

Longo 508

Lot 508, "Castles Made of Sand," by Robert Longo, acyrilic on bronze, 31 by 40 by 21 inches, 1999

Lot 508 is a dramatic acrylic on bronze sculpture by Robert Longo (b. 1953) entitled "Castles Made of Sand."  It measures 31 by 40 by 21 inches.  It was made in 1999.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $237,500.

Dubuffet

Lot 114, "Arbre, livre et gite," transfer on polyester, by Jean Dubuffet, 46 1/2 by 26 by 24 3/8, inches, 1969

Lot 114 is a transfer on polyester by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985).  It is entitled "Arbre, livre et gite" and measures 46 1/2 by 26 by 24 3/8 inches.  It was created in 1969.  It has an estimate $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $636,500.

Munoz 480

Lot 480, "The Inventor of Mirrors," by Juan  Munoz, polyester resin on canvas, wood and metal, in 2 parts, figure 58 by 21 by 35 inches and roll gate 98 1/2 by 50 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches, 1999

Lot 480, "Inventor ofMirrors," is a polyeser resin on cnanvas, wood and metal sculpture in two parts by Juan Munoz  (1953-2001).  The figure measures 58 by 21 by 35 inches and the roll gate 98 1/2 by 50 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches.  It was created in 1999.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $125,000.


Turk 556

Lot 556, "Oscar III," painted bronze, by Gavin Turk, 23 3/8 by 34 1/4 by 23 5/8 inches, 1999

Lot 556, Oscar III," is a painted bronze by Gavin Turk (b. 1967) that measures 23 3/8 by 34 1/4 by 23 5/8 inches.  It was created in 1999.  It has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.  It sold for $43,750.


Moore

Lot 109, "Ad Mare," by David Smith, welded steel, 27 inches square, 1938

Lot 109 is an excellent welded steel sculpture by David Smith (1906-1965) entitled "Ad Mare."  It is about 27 inches square and was created in 1938.  It has an estimate of 800,000 to $1,200,000. It sold for $912,500.

Warhol

Lot 139, "The American Indian (Russell Means)," by Andy Warhol, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 50 by 42 inches, 1976

The cover illustration of the catalogue is Lot 139, "The American Indian (Russell Means),' an acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas painting by Andy Warhol (1928-1987).  It measures 50 by 42 inches and was painted in 1976.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $2,412,500.

Mao
Lot 210, "Mao (F. & S. II. 90-99)," by Andy Warhol, screenprints, numbered 163-250, 1972, each 36 inches square,

Lot 210 is a set of 10 different Andy Warhol portrait prints of Mao, each 36 inches square.  It is number 163 of 250 plus 40 artist's proofs.  It was printed in 1972.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,000,000.  It sold for $852,500.


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