Robert Motherwell

At Five in the Afternoon

Found at Phillips, New York Auction
20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Lot Ο ◆8
17. May - 17. May 2018
Estimate: 12.000.000 - 18.000.000 USD
Price realised: 12.690.000 USD
incised with the artist's signature and date “Motherwell 49/71” lower right; further signed, titled and dated "At Five in the Afternoon (large version) R. Motherwell Summer 1971" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
90 x 120 1/8 in. (228.6 x 305.1 cm.)
Painted in 1971.
The Artist | Knoedler & Company, New York | Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1981

A top price for Robert Motherwell - as previously expected

In May 2018 Phillips in New York held the auction 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, which included the work At Five in the Afternoon by Robert Motherwell. The estimated price for the artwork was previously given by the auction house with a range of USD 12,000,000.00 – 18,000,000.00, the actual price achieved of USD 12,690,000.00 (€ 10,874,035.99) could thus just exceed the lower estimate. Even if this result could not surprise positively, At Five in the Afternoon is the most expensive artwork by Robert Motherwell that we have observed at auctions so far.

Ein Spitzenpreis mit Ansage

Im Mai 2018 führte Phillips in New York die Auktion 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale durch, in der auch die Arbeit At Five in the Afternoon von Robert Motherwell zur Versteigerung kam. Der Schätzpreis für das Kunstwerk wurde von dem Auktionshaus zuvor mit einer Spanne von USD 12.000.000,00 – 18.000.000,00 angegeben, der tatsächlich erzielte Preis von USD 12.690.000,00 (€ 10.874.035,99) konnte den unteren Schätzpreis somit knapp übertreffen. Auch wenn das Ergebnis damit nicht positiv überraschen konnte, ist At Five in the Afternoon das teuerste Kunstwerk von Robert Motherwell, das wir bisher bei Auktionen beobachtet haben.

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