More than 36 million dollars at Phillips de Pury
With only two lots failing to sell, the July sale has become a historical mark for the firm
There was fierce competition for the lots offered the 1st of July at the London bidding room of the American auction house. With the sale the firm has established its position and repuetation in London, being the ony one to obtain such results during this season.
The top hammer price was for Jean Michel Basquiat and his seminal painting Irony of Negro policeman, which sold for 12 million dollars. The collaboration between Warhol and Basquiat titled Olympics was rightly sold in teh Olympic year for more than 10 million dollars, beating the previous record obatined last year in May.
"We are thrilled with tonight's results which demonstrate that works of rarity and high quality like Basquiat's Irony of Negro Policeman, continue to attract strong bidding and excellent results. The Basquiat/Warhol collaboration ralsed a spectacular price and world record" concluded Michael Mcginnis, worldwide head of Contemporary art at Phillips de Pury.
The genius from Pittsbrug also aroused great interest for his Diamond dust shoes which sold for 1.7 million dollars. The portrait of Diana was subject of great admiration in the capital of the United Kingdom, selling for more than 1.5 million dollars, also of importance was Gun, which fetched more than a million dollars.
The Spaniard Barceló stayed afloat among such competition: De Mars fetched 1,105,538 dollars. The sculpture U by Wade Guyton established a new record for the artist when it was auctioned off for 300,000 dollars. Alfonso Carbajo Agrasar
Jean Michel Basquiat y Andy Warhol. Olympics. Oil on canvas. Hammer Price: 10.479.938$.