Eight Artist Records Set at Sotheby’s $364.4 M. Contemporary Art Auction


Earlier tonight Sotheby’s hammered down a strong but  relatively sleepy sale that still brought in $364.3 million for the house with premium (within its pre-sale estimate of $339 million to $478 million) and saw new records for Julian Schnabel, Wade Guyton, Rosemarie Trockel, Dan Flavin, Adam McEwen, Matthew Barney, Sarah Lucas and Keith Haring.

Five of those records were achieved during the first 19 lots of the sale, works from the esteemed contemporary collector Adam Sender—all of those works, like 38 of the total 79 lots, carried a guaranteed minimum, with 3 other lots carrying a special pre-sale bid. Fast-talking auctioneer Oliver Barker took over the rostrum from the recently departed Tobias Meyer, where he offered a contrast to Mr. Meyer’s glacial style and, during the Sender lots, skillfully juggled bids from a hot room.

During those Sender lots, Per Skarstedt and Jeffrey Deitch battled over an untitled Martin Kippenberger, with Mr. Deitch winning it for an above-estimate…

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