London, 23 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 6 to 14 February, Christie’s London is to present a major series of sales of Post-War and Contemporary works.
The week of auctions is to begin with “Eyes Wide Open: An Italian Vision”. Works from the sale are to be on display between 5 and 14 February in Christie’s three-storey Mayfair gallery. The pieces are issued from a private collection, and together form the most significant collection of Arte Povera pieces to ever have been presented in the UK.
The Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction is to present 48 works, with notable artists featured including Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter. The pre-sale estimate for total sales is between £87 million and £107.5 million. Highlights of the auction are to include Portrait of George Dyer Talking (1966) by Francis Bacon : issued from a private collection, the piece is expected to sell for around £30 million. Presented at auction for the first time, Jeff Koons’ Cracked Egg (Magenta) (1994-2007) is also expected to be a major lot, with an estimated value of between £10 and 15 million.
Other significant pieces to be presented in the sale include Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild, whose estimated value is available from the auction house upon request.
The sale will also comprise a comprehensive overview of the evolution of British art from the 1960s to present day, presenting artists including Francis Bacon, Bridget Riley, Gerald Laing, Jenny Saville, Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, Gary Hume and Peter Doig.