Allen Jones mannequin table sale sees artist's value up 57.82% pa



2015-06-26 12:51:53

Allen Jones mannequin table sale sees artist's value up 57.82% pa

A mannequin table produced by Pop Artist Allen Jones made $1.5m at Sotheby's Gunter Sachs auction

A risqu mannequin table produced by British Pop Artist Allen Jones set a new world record for the artist of 970,850 at Sotheby's Gunter Sachs auction on Wednesday (May 23).

The provocative 1969 piece, displaying a woman on all fours, sold for 970,850, a rise of 2,327.1% on its 40,000 estimate.

Allen Jones Pop Art Alluring yet functional

The previous world record for Jones stood at 361,250, achieved for his Soft Tread in March 2010. The new record correlates to a 57.82% pa rise.

The Jones record was broken three times in the night. A scantily clad mannequin from the same set, purportedly a hat stand, first made 780,450, while a highly provocative chair then sold for 836,450, both making a mockery of their five figures estimates.

"I remember when a set of these came up for auction in the early 1980s," US collector Jose Mugrabi, an underbidder on the pieces, told Bloomberg.

"They sold for about $15,000. I thought they were too vulgar then. Taste evolves and they now appeal to the new generation of collectors."

41 works from the Sachs art collection were auctioned at Sotheby's,a year afterhis suicide in May 2011.

Andy Warhol's silkscreen of Brigitte Bardot sold for 3m.

Meanwhile, three pieces of furniture by perennial sheep sculptor Francois-Xavier Lalanne sold for a combined 1.6m, 359.7% up on their 350,000 high end estimate.

Lalanne sheep Alluring yet functional

Sachs reportedly had a flock of 16 in his Swiss apartment. An auction of 10 Lalanne sheep made a record $7.5m in December.

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