Auction Results: Contemporary Curated, March 1, 2024 @Sotheby’s

It was a lackluster outing for the photographs included in the Contemporary Curated sale at Sotheby’s in New York last week. The top photography lot Richard Prince girlfriend failed to sell, and there were no positive surprises to buoy the results numbers. In the end, the Total Sale Proceeds for photography (of roughly $560K) came in far 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 28
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate $814000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate $1195000
Total Lots Sold 21
Total Lots Bought In 7
Buy In % 25.00%
Total Sale Proceeds $558292

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

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 5
Total Low Lots Sold 4
Total Low Lots Bought In 1
Low Buy In % 20.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Low Lots $38000
Total Proceeds from Low Lots $28067
Mid Total Lots 17
Total Mid Lots Sold 14
Total Mid Lots Bought In 3
Mid Buy In % 17.65%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots $397000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots $310515
Total High Lots 6
Total High Lots Sold 3
Total High Lots Bought In 3
High Buy In % 50.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots $760000
Total Proceeds from High Lots $219710

The top photography lot by High estimate was lot 66, Richard Prince, Untitled (Girlfriend), 1993, estimated at $200000-300000; it did not sell. The top photography outcome in the sale was lot 299, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #132, 1984, estimated at $70000-90000, sold at $88900 (image above, via Sotheby’s.)

90.48% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there were no positive photographic surprises in the sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate).

The complete lot by lot results can be found here.

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