Auction Results: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, June 26 and 27, 2019 @Sotheby’s London

A 1977 grid of photographs by Gilbert & George topped the $1M mark (£795000) at the recent Contemporary Art sales at Sotheby’s in London. Beyond that single high point, the photography in the sales generally stayed within a narrow band of expectations, with a Buy-In rate of 33.33%, no positive surprises, and Total Sale Proceeds (for photography) that fell just below 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 24
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate £1455000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate £2079000
Total Lots Sold 16
Total Lots Bought In 8
Buy In % 33.33%
Total Sale Proceeds £1348375

Here is the breakdown (using our usual Low, Mid, and High price tier 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 £3000
Total Proceeds from Low Lots £2750
Mid Total Lots 9
Total Mid Lots Sold 5
Total Mid Lots Bought In 4
Mid Buy In % 44.44%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots £151000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots £94375
Total High Lots 14
Total High Lots Sold 10
Total High Lots Bought In 4
High Buy In % 28.57%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots £1925000
Total Proceeds from High Lots £1251250

The top photography lot by High estimate was lot 13, Gilbert & George, Bugger, 1977, estimated at £700000-1000000. It was also the top photography outcome of the sales at £795000 (image above, via Sotheby’s).

93.75% 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) and here (Day).

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