Sturtevant

Johns Painting with Two Balls

Found at Christies, New York
A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection Part I, Lot 40 C
17. May - 17. May 2023
Estimate: 500.000 - 700.000 USD
Price realised: 882.000 USD
Sturtevant (1924-2014)
Johns Painting with Two Balls
stenciled with the artist's name and title and dated 'PAINTING WITH TWO BALLS 1987 STURTEVANT' (lower edge); signed again, titled again and dated again '"Johns Painting with Two Balls" e. sturtevant '87' (on the reverse)
encaustic and paper collage on three joined canvases with metal brackets and two balls
65 x 54 1/8 in. (165.1 x 137.5 cm.)
Executed in 1987.

Upper estimate price exceeded by 26 %.

In May this year Christies in New York held the auction A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection Part I, which included the work Johns Painting with Two Balls by Elaine Sturtevant. The »bidding war« ended at USD 882,000.00 (€ 827,858.08), 26% above the upper estimate. Admittedly, works by Elaine Sturtevant have also been auctioned for a multiple of this price - according to our records, the highest result so far was achieved by the work Warhol Diptych in May 2015 with an auction result of USD 5,093,000.00 (€ 4,632,526.83).

Oberer Schätzpreis um 26 % übertroffen

Im Mai diesen Jahres führte Christies in New York die Auktion A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection Part I durch, in der auch die Arbeit Johns Painting with Two Balls von Elaine Sturtevant zur Versteigerung kam. Das »Bietergefecht« endete beim Preis von USD 882.000,00 (€ 827.858,08) und damit 26% über dem oberen Schätzpreis. Freilich wurden Arbeiten von Elaine Sturtevant auch schon für ein Vielfaches dieses Preises versteigert – das bisher höchste Ergebnis erzielte nach unseren Aufzeichnungen die Arbeit Warhol Diptych im Mai 2015 mit einem Auktionsergebnis von USD 5.093.000,00 (€ 4.632.526,83).

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