Christie’s introduce a new series of thematic online auctions featuring works from Post-War and Contemporary Art departments.
Titled Vice + Virtue, the new online auctions are reflective of the two opposing sides of human nature. In a statement, the auction house explained “Vice captures the myriad ways of worldly escape in its selection, reflecting our long-held humanistic tendency to chase pleasure, while Virtue turns inward, featuring art indicative of hope, wisdom, happiness and warmth from worlds both real and imagined”
Vice opens for bidding from 12 May to 12 June, while Virtue opens later from 29 May to 12 June 2020, both of which feature some incredible pieces of art from the likes of KAWS, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Jean Dubuffet and more.
Highlights from Vice section include a signed and dated KAWSBOB (Open Mouth), Package Painting Series which is expected to fetch up to HK$1.16 million (US$150,000); as well as a glazed ceramic sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein, entitled Ceramic Sculpture 13, which is estimated to go under the virtual hammer for HK$2.32 million to HK$3.87 million (US$300,000 and US$500,000).
Two works by Andy Warhol are also hitting the Vice auction block: Work Boots (Positive) is estimated to sell for up to HK$2.71 million (US$350,000), while Electric Chair (Retrospective Series) is estimated to go for a more accessible HK$387,000 (US$50,000).
This part of the auction will focus on the idea of virtue as a creative escape. Virtue will include a selection of works that play with visual iterations of themes like prudence, fortitude, temperance, justice, faith, hope, and love.
The legendary pop artist’s silkscreen portrait of Chris Evert, entitled “Chris Evert [Sixteen Works],” is rumoured to fetch between HK$2.32 million to HK$3.87 million (US$300,000 to US$500,000), while a painting by French artist Jean Dubuffet — Cafetière et petit chaudron avec clef — is likely to fetch up to HK$2.71 million (or US$350,000).
The full catalogue of the digital auction will be released in the coming weeks on Christie’s website, where the Vice + Virtue viewing room is currently available.