AO AUCTION PREVIEW: Freud, Warhol, de Kooning, Koons, Murakami at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Oct. 19th, Christie’s, London

October 1st, 2008

Desmond by Jean Michel Basquiat
Desmond by Jean Michel Basquiat, up for auction at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, via Christie’s

In addition to selling a rare portrait by Francis Bacon, Christie’s October 19 auction catalogue features a long list of post-war luminaries. Several portraits of Mao and Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol figure prominently among the auction’s offerings. A sculpture by Jeff Koons, as well as pieces by Jean Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Richard Prince, Anish Kapoor, Willem de Kooning, Lucian Freud and a plethora of other artists account for the rest of the lots. The priciest of 48 lots is expected to be Lucio Fontana’s canvas, Concetto spaziale, la fine di Dio, which should fetch around £12 million pounds ($21.8 million).

Christie’s: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
Christie’s: Press Release for Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Fontana work may fetch $21.8 million in Record Christie’s Sale
[Bloomberg]
Bacon Portrait Expected to Sell for £7.5 million at Christie’s Auction in October [ArtObserved]

Mao by Andy Warhol
Mao by Andy Warhol, up for auction at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, via Christie’s

This iteration of Fontana’s canvas is part of a series inspired by the first manned space flight in the early 1960s; a pink version of the same canvas failed to sell in Christie’s June auction. It will be the highest-priced sale Christie’s has offered during the Frieze Art festival, which is running concurrently. Bacon’s portrait of Henrietta Moraes is expected to fetch £5.5 – £7.5 million, and Lucian Freud’s portrait of Francis Bacon is expected to sell for £5 to £7 million. The other lots range from £45 thousand to £6.5 million.

Reading Girl by Lucian Freud
Girl Reading by Lucian Freud, up for auction at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, via Christie’s

Jim Beam Log Car by Jeff Koons, up for auction at Christie\'s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction
Jim Beam Log Car by Jeff Koons, up for auction at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, via Christie’s

Untitled (No. 9) by Anish Kapoor, up for auction at Christie\'s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction
Untitled (No. 9) by Anish Kapoor, up for auction at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, via Christie’s

Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Takashi Murakami, up for auction at Christie\'s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction,
Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Takashi Murakami, up for auction at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, via Christie’s