Auction Results: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, May 12 and 13, 2021 @Sotheby’s

While there were no photography lots on offer in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale last week, the few photo works available in the day sale performed admirably. Led by a small Richard Prince cowboy print which found a buyer at roughly $400K, the results boasted a low Buy-In rate and one positive surprise, leading to Total Sale Proceeds of just over $1M, topping the high end of the aggregate pre-sale estimate range.

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

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 7
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate $660000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate $970000
Total Lots Sold 7
Total Lots Bought In 0
Buy In % 0.00%
Total Sale Proceeds $1068080

Here is the breakdown (using our usual Low, Mid, and High price tier definitions):

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 0
Total Low Lots Sold NA
Total Low Lots Bought In NA
Low Buy In % NA
Aggregate High Estimate of Low Lots $0
Total Proceeds from Low Lots $0
Mid Total Lots 0
Total Mid Lots Sold NA
Total Mid Lots Bought In NA
Mid Buy In % NA
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots $0
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots $0
Total High Lots 7
Total High Lots Sold 7
Total High Lots Bought In 0
High Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots $970000
Total Proceeds from High Lots $1068080

The top photography lot by High estimate was lot 435, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1993, estimated at $200000-300000; it was also the photography outcome of the sales at $403200 (image above, via Sotheby’s.)

85.71% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there was just one positive surprise in the sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate) (images above, via Sotheby’s):

Lot 497, Cindy Sherman, Cover Girl (Vogue) (3 prints), 1976-2011, estimated at $60000-80000, sold at $163800

The complete lot by lot results can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).

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