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.
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.”
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.
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).
“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.