SOTHEBY’S. New York, 9/10 novembre 2010
La Evening sale di Contemporary Art da Sotheby’s a New York ha totlizzato $ 222,454,500(£138,067,589, €160,103,711) con un venduto del 90.7% per lotto e superando la stima massima pre-sala di $ 214 milioni. Cinque i nuovi record mondiali per artista stabiliti. I due highlight della vendita Coca-Cola  Large Coca-Cola di Andy Warhol e Untitled di Mark Rothko hanno rispettivamente realizzato: $35,362,500 (st. $20/25 milioni) e $22,482,500 (st. $20/30 milioni).
“Two things were going on this evening: the iconic classical market and the young market” ha commentato Tobias Meyer, Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art “Both benefited from the great depth of bidding in our sale, and resulted in a very strong total of $222 million, above the high estimate. Most of the bidding was from very smart collectors, some who were long time and others who were new sophisticated entrants from the global community. They all responded enthusiastically to the great works on offer”.
“The success of tonight’s sale was the result of editing – getting the right young, Pop and Abstract Expressionist material into the sale,” ha commentato Alex Rotter, Head of the Contemporary Art Department in New York. “From the Urs Fischer to de Kooning’s Montauk III and the star of the evening, the Warhol Coke bottle, this was a terrific night. Almost half the sold lots brought prices in excess of their high estimates, and six works sold for more than $10 million. It was a very strong result for the market.”
Anthony Grant, International Senior Specialist of Contemporary Art ha commentato: “This evening’s sale offered significant, iconic works by artists who really came to prominence in the last 15-20 years, such as Cady Noland, Larry Rivers and Julie Mehretu and the market responded by driving the prices to new record levels. With each sale another Contemporary artist – another artist from our generation – enters the canon of modern masters of the world – on a par with Modigliani, Matisse or Monet; Warhol has clearly entered that canon, and I think that tonight proves that Richter is going to enter that canon as well.”
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