HOTTEST BIDS AROUND THE WORLD
Nu allongé I (aurore), March 8
Henri Matisse’s Nu allongé I (Aurore) features in a Phillips London auction for the first time — since it exhibited at the Montross Gallery in New York in 1915. Part of a private collection for nearly seven decades, the sculpture is one of the most symbolic motifs frequented by the French artist throughout his career — the female form. The bronze cast beauty, widely regarded among Matisse’s masterpieces, is among the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Auction. Completed in 1907, it is estimated to garner above £5 million.
A Thangka depicting Rinchen Zangpo, March 22
This 13th-century thangka painting of a lama is one of the earliest Tibetan artworks to have survived the ravages of time. Measuring an impressive 93cm by 72cm, it is part of the Richard R & Magdalena Ernst Collection of Himalayan Art auction happening at Sotheby’s New York. It is expected to fetch at least US$1.5 million.
Sylvia Plath’s personal copy of The Bell Jar, March 21
Sylvia Plath’s copy of her only novel, The Bell Jar, will be sold during the Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts auction in London. The semi-autobiographical novel was first published in 1963, two months before her death, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. This first edition — inscribed and dated — is from the personal collection of Plath and her then-husband Ted Hughes. Their daughter Frieda Hughes is selling it for an estimated price of above £60,000
UNDER THE HAMMER
BIDS ON PHILLIPS AUCTION HOUSE:
Featuring works by the likes of pop art great Andy Warhol and graffiti artist Banksy, Phillips’ Evening & Day Editions auction in london in January realised more than £4.4 million, the highest ever for an Editions auction.
Skulls, 1976, by Andy Warhol This set of four screen prints fetched a record £150,000 (more than double its £60,000-estimate). Rendered on Strathmore Bristol paper, it highlights Warhol’s impeccable vibrant style.
Untitled, 1988, by Donald Judd A complete set of 10 woodcuts in black on Okawara paper garnered £137,500. Signed and numbered 9/25 in pencil on the reverse, it encapsulates the American artist’s minimalist style (with which he was famously reluctant to be associated).
Head, from Portfolio I, 1983/2001, After Jean-Michel Basquiat Barrelling past its estimate of £30,000 to £100,000 (by more than threefold), this screen print depicts the painter’s signature skull motif and graffiti style.