Auction Results: Contemporary Art Evening Sale, March 4, 2010 @Phillips New York

Phillips’ Contemporary Art sale last week (during the frenzy of New York art fairs) only had 5 lots of photography on offer. The top lot in this small group failed to sell, and as a result, the total photo proceeds missed the estimate range by a decent margin.

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

Total Lots: 5
Pre Sale Low Total Estimate: $415000
Pre Sale High Total Estimate: $595000
Total Lots Sold: 4
Total Lots Bought In: 1
Buy In %: 20.00%
Total Sale Proceeds: $298100

Here is the breakdown (using the Low, Mid, and High definitions from the preview post, here):

Low Total Lots: 0
Low Sold: NA
Low Bought In: NA
Buy In %: NA
Total Low Estimate: $0
Total Low Sold: NA

Mid Total Lots: 1
Mid Sold: 1
Mid Bought In: 0
Buy In %: 0.00%
Total Mid Estimate: $35000
Total Mid Sold: $35000

High Total Lots: 4
High Sold: 3
High Bought In: 1
Buy In %: 25.00%
Total High Estimate: $560000
Total High Sold: $263100

The top lot by High estimate was lot 33, Gilbert & George, Friend Fear, 1983, at $150000-250000; it did not sell. The top outcome of the sale was lot 9, John Baldessari, Vertical Series: Attempt, 2003, at $98500. (Image at right, via Phillips.)

100.00% of the lots that sold had proceeds in the estimate range. There were no surprises in this sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate).

Complete lot by lot results can be found here.

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New York, NY 10011

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