Five Great Auctions to Watch In December 2016

Pick up works by Peter Saul, Yue Minjun, and Claude Monet.

Yue Minjun, TK Courtesy Poly Huayi Auction Company, Shanghai.

From New York to Seoul, a wide range of work by blue-chip artists such as Stuart Davis and Peter Saul go on the block this month. In anticipation of the December auctions, with the help of the artnet Price Database, artnet News compiled a list of five of the most important sales taking place across the globe this month.

Peter Saul, <i>Head Office</i> (1963). Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago.

Peter Saul, Head Office (1963). Courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago.


1.       Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Post War and Contemporary Art, December 14, 2016
One of Chicago’s largest auction houses offers works from artists including Kiki Smith, Peter Saul, Julian Opie, and Lynda Benglis. The highest lot in the sale is Julian Schnabel’s Red Chief for Victor Hugo (1982), which is estimated to sell for $ 80,000-120,000.


Stuart Davis, <i>Modernist 6 Open</i>. Courtesy Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Stuart Davis, Modernist 6 Open. Courtesy Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

2.       Palm Beach Modern Auctions, The Private Art Collection of Wolfgang Roth, December 17, 2016
Prominent international art dealer Wolfgang Roth is parting with his collection in the upcoming south Florida auction. The sale includes a wide range of works, including a painting by Claude Monet and a number of original prints by David LaChapelle.

Yue Minjun, <i>TK</i> Courtesy Poly Huayi Auction Company, Shanghai.

Yue Minjun, Memory no. 4 (2000) Courtesy Poly Huayi Auction Company, Shanghai.


3.       Poly Huayi (Shanghai) Auction Company, Conversation: Important Artworks from the West and the East, from the Yuan Dynasty to Picasso, December 22, 2016
This upcoming auction in Shanghai offers a range of works from Asian and European artists including Wang Zhongjun, Qi Baishi, Lin Fengmian, Zhang Daqian, Paul Cezanne, Takashi Murakami, Paul Gauguin, and Fu Baoshi.

On Kawara, <i>6 Dec 2002-Hodiaü</i> (2002). Courtesy of Pierre Berg

On Kawara, 6 Dec 2002-Hodiaü (2002). Courtesy of Pierre Berge & Associés.


4.       Pierre Berge & Associés, Art Moderne et Contemporain, Thursday 15 December 2016 19:00
This sale covers a broad range of prominent modern and contemporary artists from Europe and North America including Simon Hantaï, Robert Ryman, Robert Indiana, and Robert Mapplethorpe. The On Kawara, pictured above, which is going for €600,000 to €1 million ($635,000 to $1.05 million), is the top lot in the sale.


Park Seo-Bo, <i>Ecriture No.010821</i> (2001). Courtesy of K Auctions.

Park Seo-Bo, Ecriture No.010821 (2001). Courtesy of K Auctions.

5.       K Auction, Winter Auction in Seoul, December 13, 2016
Featuring Kim Whanki, who was the pioneer of Korean abstract painting, this sale covers almost all major Korean minimal and abstract artists, as well as several of the hottest Japanese and Western contemporary artists. Whanki’s Echo (1965), the top lot, 
is going for $1,021,000–$1,702,000. Other works in the sale include those by artists Chung Sang-Hwa, Park Soo-Keun, Nam June Paik, Yayoi Kusama, and Park Seo-bo.

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