New York Fall 2019 Auction Round-Up: Here’s Everything We Published on the Megawatt Sales in One Place

Our comprehensive recap of the biggest sales, flops, and other highlights of the $1.1 billion week.

Auction in action. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

New York’s non-stop auction week is finally over, but you’re head might still be spinning from the array of morning, afternoon, and evening sales, which spanned everything from Old Masters to contemporary art. That’s why we’ve rounded up all our auction coverage in one convenient spot. So if you missed out on any of the highlights, see below for Artnet News’s takes on all the auction action.


From a Broadway Producer’s Picasso to a Record-Smashing Ruscha, Here’s Your Guide to the Top Works in the $1 Billion Fall Auction Season by Eileen Kinsella

Hot Lots: 7 Tantalizingly Undervalued Artworks in New York’s Fall Auctions, According to the Experts by Tim Schneider


Sales Reports

Auctioneer and Christie's global president Jussi Pylkkänen takes bids at the auction house's postwar and contemporary evening sale in New York in November 2019. Image courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

Auctioneer and Christie’s global president Jussi Pylkkänen takes bids in New York in November 2019. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.

A Record-Setting Futurist Sculpture by Umberto Boccioni Carried Christie’s Workmanlike $191 Million Impressionist and Modern Sale by Tim Schneider

A Few Technical Difficulties May Have Been the Most Exciting Thing About Sotheby’s $209 Million Impressionist and Modern Sale by Eileen Kinsella

A Record-Breaking Ed Ruscha of a Word Being Tortured Injects Life Into Christie’s Otherwise Sober $325 Million Contemporary Sale by Tim Schneider

Asian Bidding Rouses Sotheby’s $270.7 Million Contemporary Sale, With the Same Buyer Snapping Up Two of the Priciest Paintings by Nate Freeman

A Patek Philippe Grandmaster Watch Just Sold for an Astonishing $31 Million at Christie’s, Setting a New World Record by Nazanin Lankari

A Masterwork by Female Baroque Painter Artemisia Gentileschi, Unseen for 40 Years, Sells for a Record $5.3 Million by Caroline Elbaor

A Triumphant Basquiat and an Unexpected Norman Rockwell Help Boost Phillips to a Strong $108 Million Evening Sale by Eileen Kinsella


Data & Analysis 

© artnet Price Database 2019.

© artnet Price Database 2019.

We Broke Down the Data From the Fall Auctions. Here Are 3 Insights Into Where the Art Market Is Headed by Tim Schneider & Julia Halperin

Who Won Auction Week? Here Are 13 Key Takeaways From New York’s Head-Spinning $1.1 Billion Fall Art Sales by Artnet News

Has the AI-Generated Art Bubble Already Burst? Buyers Greeted Two Newly Offered Works at Sotheby’s With Lackluster Demand by Caroline Goldstein

Auction Blotter: Tschabalala Self’s 3,400% Return, Michael Armitage’s Big Debut, & More Market Sparks From New York’s Day Sales by Nate Freeman


Work Highlights

David Hockney’s Sur la Terrasse. Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

David Hockney’s Sur la Terrasse (1971). Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.

A Bronze Hippo Bathtup Made a Giant Splash at Christie’s, Selling for $4.3 Million—25 Times What Its Seller Bought It For by Brian Boucher

The Subject of a David Hockney Portrait That Could Fetch $45 Million at Christie’s This Week Finds His Unwanted Fame ‘Pretty Tedious’ by Naomi Rea

A Three-Story Mural Keith Haring Created for a Catholic Youth Center Sold for $3.9 Million—to the Chagrin of the Artist’s Foundation by Caroline Goldstein

The Art Collection of Walt Disney’s Daughter Could Bring in $14 Million at Christie’s Beginning This Week by Maxwell Williams


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