Auction Results: Post-War to Present, February 28, 2019 @Christie’s

The photography results at Christie’s recent Post-War to Present sale in New York were decidedly discouraging. The top lot Richard Prince print did find a buyer, but with a Buy-In rate for photography over 60% and no positive surprises, it’s no wonder that the Total Sale Proceeds came in well below the low end of the aggregate pre-sale estimate.

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

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 11
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate $505000
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate $740000
Total Lots Sold 4
Total Lots Bought In 7
Buy In % 63.64%
Total Sale Proceeds $221250

Here is the breakdown (using our typical Low, Mid, and High 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 5
Total Mid Lots Sold 1
Total Mid Lots Bought In 4
Mid Buy In % 80.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots $170000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots $15000
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 $570000
Total Proceeds from High Lots $206250

The top photographic lot by High estimate was lot 241, Richard Prince, Untitled (Labels), 1977, estimated at $120000-180000. It was also the top photographic outcome of the sale at $125000 (image above, via Christie’s).

75.00% 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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