By The Numbers: A Breakdown of Results From Christie’s 21st-Century Evening Sale, May 2023
The sale hit all its major marks.
Last night’s sale at Christie’s was the second major evening event in this “giga” week of auctions, which will see no fewer than a half-dozen marquee sales taking place alongside Frieze and other fair openings in New York.
The auction was slender in terms of lots, but powerful in prices and sell-through rates, including the stars. The mood was energetic and lively as Christie’s hit all its major targets for the night.
Below, the story by the numbers…
Total Sales After Fees: $98.8 million
Lots Sold Including Guaranteed Lots: 25
Lots on Offer Before Withdrawals: 27
Lots Withdrawn Presale: 1
Lots Bought In: 1
Sell-through Rate Counting Withdrawals: 92 percent
Sell-through Rate Excluding Withdrawals: 96 percent
Hammer Total: $83.625 million
Presale Low Estimate Before Withdrawals: $63.54 million
Hammer Total vs. Presale Low Estimate: +$20.1 million
Total Low Estimate of Withdrawn Lots: $800,000
Total Low Estimate of Guaranteed Lots: $49.5 million
Lots With House Guarantees: 0
Total Low Estimate of Third-Party Guaranteed Lots: $49.5 million
Lots with Third-Party Guarantees: 3
Top seller: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s El Gran Espectaculo (The Nile) (1983), hammered at $58 million ($67.11 million after fees)
Quote of the Night: “Are we all ready for this?” auctioneer Georgina Hilton said before opening the bidding on the Basquiat at $40 million.
Next sale up: Sotheby’s Mo Ostin collection evening sale, followed by its Modern evening auction, May 16
Check back throughout the week for our continuing coverage of this spring’s sales slate.
Follow Artnet News on Facebook:
Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.