Auction Results: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, November 14 and 15, 2023 @Phillips

The results for the photography lots available in Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art sales in New York last week were generally uneventful. Two notable withdrawals (works by Andreas Gursky and Jim Hodges) recalibrated the numbers a bit, but the top lot Barbara Kruger work found a buyer within its estimate range. With an overall Buy-In rate for photography of roughly 12% but no positive surprises to juice the numbers, the Total Sale Proceeds for photography (of roughly $740K) fell at the lower end of the aggregate pre-sale estimate range.

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

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 8
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate $652000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate $925000
Total Lots Sold 7
Total Lots Bought In 1
Buy In % 12.50%
Total Sale Proceeds $739140

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 $10000
Total Proceeds from Low Lots $8890
Mid Total Lots 5
Total Mid Lots Sold 5
Total Mid Lots Bought In 0
Mid Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots $155000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots $158750
Total High Lots 2
Total High Lots Sold 1
Total High Lots Bought In 1
High Buy In % 50.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots $760000
Total Proceeds from High Lots $571500

The top photography lot by High estimate was lot 49, Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Our prices are insane!), 1987, estimated at $500000-700000; it was also the top photography outcome of the sales at $571500 (image above, via Phillips.)

85.71% 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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