Auction Results: Modern Day Auction and Contemporary Day Auction, including the Ralph I. Goldenberg Collection, June 25 and 26, 2024 @Sotheby’s London

Aside from a single John Baldessari work that failed to find a buyer, the photography on offer in the recent Modern and Contemporary Art sales at Sotheby’s in London generally met expectations. The top lot Richard Prince cowboy sold within its estimate range, and while there were no positive surprises, the overall Buy-In rate for photography came in below 12%. When the dust settled on the two sales, the Total Sale Proceeds for photography (of roughly £445K) fell 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 9
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate £496000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate £703000
Total Lots Sold 8
Total Lots Bought In 1
Buy In % 11.11%
Total Sale Proceeds £445200

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 £5000
Total Proceeds from Low Lots £9600
Mid Total Lots 5
Total Mid Lots Sold 5
Total Mid Lots Bought In 0
Mid Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots £118000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots £123600
Total High Lots 3
Total High Lots Sold 2
Total High Lots Bought In 1
High Buy In % 33.33%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots £580000
Total Proceeds from High Lots £312000

The top photography lot by High estimate was lot 399, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1980-1986, estimated at £200000-300000; it was also the top photography outcome of the sales at £240000 (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 sales (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate).

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

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