Records & Results: Contemporary Art

Tuesday’s auction of Contemporary Art at Swann saw strong results and an usually high percentage of online bidders–in fact, 25 percent of successful bidders were bidding live online.


Lot 267: Lynn Chadwick’s Two Winged Figures was the top lot on May 13 at $43,750.



Lot 167: Roy Lichtenstein’s lithograph Crying Girl sold for $37,500.

Choice works by the big names in contemporary art—from Abstract Expressionist painters to Pop Artists—were eagerly sought after, including Roy Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, an offset color lithograph from 1963 that was published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, which brought $37,500 and Francis Bacon’s Man at a Washbasin, color aquatint and etching on Arches, 1977-78, a trial/working proof with variant colors, aside from the edition of 146, which was based on a same-titled painting, at $26,250. 


Lot 261: Francis Bacon’s Man at a Washbasin, color aquatint and etching, sold for $26,250.
Soaring past pre-sale estimates was the sale’s top lot, English sculptor Lynn Chadwick’s Two Winged Figuresbronze sculptures with brown patina and gold faces, which sold for $43,750–reflecting the artist’s continued rise since the Tate London retrospective of his work in 2003-2004; and outstanding examples of Robert Longo’s life-size lithographic images of contorted figures, James, 1999, $16,250 and Tillman2000, $13,750.
Lots 253 and 254: Robert Longo’s lithographs James and Tillman sold for $16,250 and $13,750 respectively.