Auction Results: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, May 18 and 19, 2022 @Phillips

There was only a thin slice of photography included in Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art sales in New York last week, but what was on offer generally met expectations. Many purists might not include the top lot David Wojnarowicz work under a strict definition of the medium, but with four prominent photographs merged into a larger collage/painting, by our standards, it lies just inside the boundary lines. Overall, the Buy-In rate for photography came in under 10%, so even though there were no positive surprises to add to the momentum, the Total Sale Proceeds for photography (of roughly $1.6M) came in just above the low end of the aggregate pre-sale estimate range.

The summary statistics are below (all results include the buyer’s premium):

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 11
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate $1563000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate $2234000
Total Lots Sold 10
Total Lots Bought In 1
Buy In % 9.09%
Total Sale Proceeds $1630248

Here is the breakdown (using our typical Low, Mid, and High definitions):

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 1
Total Low Lots Sold 1
Total Low Lots Bought In 0
Low Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Low Lots $7000
Total Proceeds from Low Lots $3528
Mid Total Lots 4
Total Mid Lots Sold 4
Total Mid Lots Bought In 0
Mid Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots $107000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots $97020
Total High Lots 6
Total High Lots Sold 5
Total High Lots Bought In 1
High Buy In % 16.67%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots $2120000
Total Proceeds from High Lots $1529700

The top photography lot by High estimate was lot 33, David Wojnarowicz, Fuck You Faggot Fucker, 1984, estimated at $800000-1200000; it was also the top photography outcome of the sales at $937500 (image above, via Phillips).

80.00%% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there were no positive surprises in the sales (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate).

The complete lot by lot results can be found here (Evening), here (Morning), and here (Afternoon).

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