NY sales Day #1: Strong results at Phillips with a $68 million sale. Warhol, Lichtenstein and Hammons shined at the Evening sale of November 11

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The new strategy of anticipating the sales of the two major auction houses has paid off last night at Phillips. Long- considered decision to move the date of the auction on Monday from Thursday instead , usually closing the two largest Evening sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York, that will follow on 12 and 13 November.
Phillips last night totaled $68 million for its 39 lots in the catalog, of which only 5 have not found a buyer , reaching rates of 88% sold by lot and 84 % for value.
Top lot Roy Lichtenstein, with a vivid Woman with peanuts on a yellow background , sold at $10.8 million . Second place for the other Pop’s big name, Andy Warhol, with the iconic Nine Gold Marilyns ( Reversal Series) ($ 9.1 million to Jose Mugrabi) and David Hammons who broke his own record with Untitled, his famous basket sold to David Zwirner for $ 8 million. The New York dealer was able to take home another important highlight of the evening , Buster Keaton by Jeff Koons, at $ 4.4 million.
The auction opened with amazing results for the first lots in the catalog: Lucien Smith breaks its own record with a work of 2011 , Hobbes , The Rain Man , and My Friend Barney / Under the Sycamore Tree , which has more than doubled maximum estimate , reaching $ 389,000 . Record for the second lot , Nate Lowman , Trash Landing Marilyn # 12, 2011 , sold for $ 725,000 and the explosion of orange of Mark Grotjahn , who has well surpassed the high estimate . Other important record of the evening, Kazuo Shiraga and Jacob Kassay .
The smiling Amanda of John Currin has reached $ 3.5 million , exhibited in 2003 at  Sadie Coles HQ gallery in London, while the two big Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko have not found a buyer, thus lowering the result of the auction of at least $ 10 million.
In general, the results on the threshold of the maximum estimates for all lots in the catalog. Of note , as often happens , Oscar Murillo, from an estimate of $ 100-150,000 reached $ 293,000 with a work of 2011 ; Chinese Buffet of Rob Pruitt , which has doubled the estimate surpassing the threshold of $ 300 thousand . A very good result for Christopher Wool , Wade Guyton, but also for the more classic Calder , David Hockney , Joan Mitchell and Yayoi Kusama .
A highly optimistic start of the week , which raises the waiting for the results of the $500million auction at Christie’s tonight and Sotheby’s on Wednesday.

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Roy Lichtenstein

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John Currin – Amanda

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Mark Grotjahn


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