If Post War and Contemporary art tickles your fancy and you have 6 figure wodges of cash burning a hole in your pocket then you should pay a visit to the Christie’s evening sale and exhibition 6 to 11 February 2010.
The Evening Sale will offer 52 lots with a total pre-sale estimate of £26,290,000 to £38,260,000. The auction will represent a broad spectrum of art from the last 60 years and is highlighted by an important core group of works from the early 1960s including the masterpiece Relief éponge or (RE47II), one of only two gold sponge reliefs ever created by Yves Klein (estimate: £5 million to £7 million), alongside a further important work by the artist, ANT 5, and together with major paintings by Peter Doig, Martin Kippenberger, Raqib Shaw, Neo Rauch, Frank Auerbach, Andy Warhol, and Nicolas de Staël among others.
Francis Outred, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe:
“The auction will offer a diverse selection of art, including a core group of works from the early 1960s which are united by their expression of art during the Space Age – arguably the most influential period of Post-War history. Yves Klein’s masterful, gold ‘Relief éponge’ is the slightly longer of only two works of its kind in existence which sums up many of the artist’s key philosophies, and we are thrilled to be able to present it at auction for the first time alongside the outstanding ‘ANT 5’, the largest of only six such works in his oeuvre which incorporate fire into his renowned Anthropométrie pigment technique. Building on the successes of last year, we are also pleased to be able to offer important works by Peter Doig, Martin Kippenberger and Neo Rauch, all of whose work produced notably strong prices at Christie’s during 2009.”
Christie’s, 8 King Street, London