Records & Results: Contemporary Art

Print Record for Franz Kline in Swann Contemporary


Our May 16 sale of Contemporary Art brought a record price for a Franz Kline print and saw an 81% sell-through rate, earning $1.4M.


Franz Kline black and white print with writing.
Lot 9: Franz Kline, Untitled, aquatint & etching, 1957-60. Sold for $27,500, a record for any print by the artist.



Todd Weyman, Vice President and Director of Prints & Drawings:

“There was strong bidding across the board and we achieved record prices for market masters like Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell and Cy Twombly.”


Abstract collage with images of mushrooms by Cy Twombly.
Lot 140: Cy Twombly, Natural History, Part I, Mushrooms: No. V., color lithograph with mixed-media, 1974. Sold for $16,250, a record for the print.


Franz Kline’s 1957-60 untitled aquatint and etching set a record for any print by the artist at $27,500. Print records included Delos, 1991, a color lithograph by Robert Motherwell and Cy Twombly’s 1974 color lithograph Natural History, Part I, Mushrooms: No. V., both selling for $16,250, and Roy Lichtenstein’s 1996 color screenprint Venetian School II at $15,000.


Roy Lichtenstein

Additional Lichtenstein works of note featured the 1996 color screenprint Art Critic ($39,375) and the 1966 porcelain enamel on steel multiple Sunrise ($15,000).


Lot 270: David Hockney, Two Vases in the Louvre, color etching, 1974. Sold for $27,500.


Further Pop-Art masters included Andy Warhol with the 1983 color screenprint Brooklyn Bridge ($27,500), and David Hockney’s color etching Two Vases in the Louvre, 1974 ($27,500), as well as Snow without Colors, color lithograph, 1973 ($13,750).


Abstract Expressionism


Abstract color screenprint with white, black, red, greed and yellow by Gerhard Richter.
Lot 281: Gerhard Richter, Eis 2, color screenprint in 41 colors, 2003. Sold for $50,000.


Abstract Expressionists proved to be successful with works by the movement’s luminaries earning top spots. Gerhard Richter’s 2003 color screenprint in 41 colors, Eis 2, led the sale at $50,000. William de Kooning found success with charcoal drawings: Untitled (Washington Monument), 1969-70, at $35,000, and a circa 1983 untitled work at $15,000. Works by Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell were also among the top lots.


Todd Weyman

“While there was competitive bidding internationally, especially on all of our internet platforms, pushing prices for many lots well within the estimate ranges or over the high estimates, the majority of lots sold to US buyers bidding via telephone with Swann representatives. The bidding remained noticeably strong in this auction for artists whose markets have been particularly robust lately,” concluded Weyman.


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