Emerging Artists & Giants of the 20th Century Soar at Phillips’ Evening Sale

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Emerging Artists & Giants of the 20th Century Soar at Phillips’ Evening Sale

The sales record for the 20th Century Sales at Phillips New York which took place June 23, 2021 are in, featuring new records set for Cinga Samson, Avery Singer, Vija Celmins, Titus Kaphar, and Julie Curtiss.

The sales record for the 20th Century Sales at Phillips New York which took place June 23, 2021 are in, featuring new records set for Cinga Samson, Avery Singer, Vija Celmins, Titus Kaphar, and Julie Curtiss.

Auction was 100% sold, totaling $118.2 Million

Sale Total: $118,205,900 / £84,634,242 / €99,068,365

Lots Sold: 48 | Lots Offered: 48

Sold by Lot: 100% | Sold by Value: 100%

Jean-Paul Engelen and Robert Manley, Co-Heads of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said, “The strength of the market for 20th century and contemporary art is undeniably strong, across all categories. On the heels of our record-breaking sales in Hong Kong, we were able to continue the momentum into this evening, selling 100% of the works across both locations, a tremendous feat for our international team. Emerging and historically under-represented artists were one of the stories of the evening with fierce interest in Cinga Samson, Emily Mae Smith, Avery Singer, Jade Fadojutimi, Amoako Boafo, Titus Kaphar and Salman Toor. The strength of the market also extends to blue-chip names, as we saw great enthusiasm internationally for works by Brice Marden, Willem de Kooning, and Vija Celmins; and both Wayne Thiebaud’s Winding River and David Hammons’ It’s Not Necessary achieved the second highest price for the artists. We look forward to welcoming our community of collectors into the saleroom at 432 Park Ave this fall.” 

 

New Auction Records

  • Cinga Samson, Two piece 1, 2018 (Lot 1)

Estimate: $25,000 - 35,000

Price Achieved: $378,000 / £270,644 / €316,802

Previous record price: $16,028 USD set in 2020

 

  • Avery Singer, Untitled, 2018 (Lot 4)

Estimate: $1,200,000 - 1,800,000

Price Achieved: $4,144,000 / £2,967,063 / €3,473,086

Previous record price: $3,122,947 set in 2021

 

  • Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), 1987-1988 (Lot 14)

Estimate: $5,500,000 - 6,500,000

Price Achieved: $7,748,000 / £5,547,491/ €6,493,599

Previous record price: $6,585,450 set in 2020

 

  • Titus Kaphar, Untitled III, 2015 (Lot 19)

Estimate: $300,000 - 400,000

Price Achieved: $1,058,500 / £757,875 /€887,129

Previous record price: $854,900 set in 2020

 

  • Julie Curtiss, Three Widows, 2016 (Lot 32)

Estimate: $110,000 - 150,000

Price Achieved: $466,200 / £333,795 /€390,722

Previous record price: $423,000 set in 2019

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