26/11/2021 Prints & Multiples , News Stories & Press Release
On Tuesday 2 November, Roseberys presented the final Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction of the year. Offered within the sale was a wide range of modern and contemporary editions from lithographs and screen-prints to contemporary photos and special edition sculptures. Work by Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama were the highlights of the sale. British artists also dominated the top fifteen of the highest value lots sold, including artworks by Damien Hirst, David Shrigley, Harland Miller, David Hockney, and Sir Peter Blake.
Ed Plackett, the Head of the sale commented: ‘We had a good prints and multiples sale, with strong results through many categories on bid on via the phone, on platforms including RoseberysLive, The Saleroom, Invaluable, Artsy and in the auction room. A good Warhol flagship lot result and strong Modern British results with the perennially popular Hockney, Blake, Laing, and also Harland Miller. Also, Kusama is still very popular and Dali continues to attract collectors for the right works. We look forward to our next sale in March 2022. The consignment entries for this sale will close on January 31, 2022.’
The highest value lot in the sale was lot 187 by Andy Warhol - Shoes (Black and White) [Feldman and Schellmann II. 255], 1980; screenprint with diamond dust on Arches wove. This work was offered to the market from the edition of 60 and signed and numbered in pencil verso. A leader of the Pop Art movement, Warhol is today remembered most prominently for his pioneering silkscreen prints, which came to define the accessible art movement in the Sixties. Long before the Campbell’s soup cans, the Marilyns, and the Maos, there were shoes. Women’s shoes are a strong theme throughout Warhol’s oeuvre, originating from his time as an illustrator for the likes of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and as a shoe designer for I. Miller and Sons. Warhol's ‘Diamond Dust Shoes’ series, in particular, are very popular, which was reflected in the realised price of this print, which made the total figure of £81,250 going to a UK based, RoseberysLive bidder.
Highlighting the Asian prints sold on the day was lot 292 by Yayoi Kusama. Pumpkin 2000 (Yellow) [Kusama 298], 2000; screenprint in colours on wove signed, titled, and numbered 134/200 in pencil, published by the Serpentine Gallery, had lots of pre-sale interest and multiple phone and internet bidders on the day. The sheet measuring 48 x 64cm that is framed, came with a provenance from the Serpentine Gallery exhibition, 2000, during which was gifted to the current owner. Yayoi Kusama has consolidated a name for herself for her genius and innovative work. To date, she is one of the most highly sought-after artists of her generation. Her aesthetic is perhaps best typified by her yellow pumpkin art such as the lot sold at Roseberys. Against an estimate of £20,000- £25,000, the print sold for £37,500 to a Roseberys Live bidder, also based in the UK.
Against an estimate of £2,000-£3,000, lot 255, a diptych by David Hockney, in excellent condition, titled ‘Extending February’ created in 1990, made £10,625. Alongside multiple sinternet bidding competition, four telephone bidders battled it out for the lot, finally going to a London-based telephone bidder. The framed 'home-made' print in colours on two sheets of Arches laid, each measuring 43 x 27.7cm came signed, dated and numbered 28/50 in pencil, published by the artist, commissioned by the Prints and Drawings Council of LACMA. Hockney used the term home-made to denote those prints produced with a Canon NP-4835 colour copier.
Elsewhere in the sale, also representing the Pop Art movement was work by British artist Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA, who is best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Lot 180, 100 sources of Pop Art, 2014; screen-print with glitter in colours on wove, signed and numbered 93/175 in pencil, published by CCA Gallery, realised a price just over its top estimate, selling for £10,625, to a Canada based phone bidder.
All works by the original enfant terrible of the Young British Artists, Damien Hirst, sold, with many far exceeding their top estimates. His ‘Cherry Blossom’ series, in particular, sold very well, the collection of four prints from the series made £37,500. Damien Hirst commented on the series – ‘The Cherry Blossoms are about beauty and life and death. They’re extreme—there’s something almost tacky about them. Like Jackson Pollock twisted by love. They’re decorative but taken from nature. They’re about desire and how we process the things around us and what we turn them into, but also about the insane visual transience of beauty—a tree in full crazy blossom against a clear sky.’ The highlight from the collection was 297, titled ‘Courage [H9-2 ] The Virtues’ a laminated giclée print in colours on aluminium composite panel, signed, created in 2021 from The Virtues, published by Heni Editions, in original packaging, overall measuring 120 x 96cm. This lot realised the price of £10,000 against an estimate of £6,000 -£8,000, going to an online Artsy bidder from the USA.
Another leading British artist in the sale was lot 388, by Harland Miller. ‘Gateshead Revisited’, a screenprint in colours on Somerset wove, produced in 2009; signed, dated, and numbered 22/50 in pencil, published by BALTIC Editions, Gateshead. The sheet that measured 40 x 30cm, realised the price of £7,500, going to a UK-based telephone bidder.
(Lot 38) Salvador Dalí’s ‘Florals (Surrealist Flowers) [Field 72-7]’ a group of six lithographs in colours on Arches wove, each signed and numbered from the edition of 350 in pencil, made in 1970, made the price of £7,000 at auction – going to an Invaluable online bidder based in the USA. Each sheet, equally measuring 75 x 55.5cm, was titled by their pseudo-Latin names, including plates; A: Anemone of the Toreador 58/350; D: Elephant Lily 52/350; F: Rhinoceros Stock 63/350, G: Pirate's Gladioli 63/350; H: Dalia's of Dali 58/350 and O: Tiger Lilies of the Theatre 63/350, published by Editions Graphiques Internationales.
Rounding up the highlights sold at the Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction was lot 186. Donated to the Royal Society of Sculptors: Gerald Laing, British 1936-2011- Sandra, 1968; screenprint in colours on wove, signed, titled, dated, and numbered 45/200 in pencil, with the artist's blind stamp, from Baby, Baby Wild Things, published by Richard Feigen, New York. The framed sheet that measured 82.2 x 56.7cm, that was originally given a pre-sale guided price of £3,000-£5,000, made £6,875, going to a UK-based online thesaleroom.com bidder.
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