Auction Results: Contemporary Curated, September 30, 2021 @Sotheby’s

Aside from the top photo lot Richard Prince array of women with hats which sold over its estimate range, the higher priced photography offerings included in Sotheby’s recent Contemporary Curated sale stumbled. The next four lots down from the Prince all passed, contributing to a Buy-In rate for photography near 40%, and ultimately to Total Sale Proceeds for photography of roughly $490K, well 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 13
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate $677000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate $972000
Total Lots Sold 8
Total Lots Bought In 5
Buy In % 38.46%
Total Sale Proceeds $493920

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

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 2
Total Low Lots Sold 1
Total Low Lots Bought In 1
Low Buy In % 50.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Low Lots $17000
Total Proceeds from Low Lots $8820
Mid Total Lots 4
Total Mid Lots Sold 4
Total Mid Lots Bought In 0
Mid Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots $125000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots $100800
Total High Lots 7
Total High Lots Sold 3
Total High Lots Bought In 4
High Buy In % 57.14%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots $830000
Total Proceeds from High Lots $384300

The top photography lot by High estimate was lot 227, Richard Prince, Untitled (four women with hats), 1980, estimated at $150000-200000; it was also the top photography outcome in the sale at $226800 (image above, via Sotheby’s.)

87.50% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there were no positive 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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