Gunter Sachs Collection realises £35,628,250 at Sothebys



2015-06-26 11:01:29

Gunter Sachs Collection realises £35,628,250 at Sothebys

23 May 2012, 10:52 GMT+01

Sothebys London’s much anticipated sale of the Gunter Sachs collection (22nd-23rd May) surpassed expectations to pull in almost double its pre-auction low estimate of £18-25million, realising £35,628,250 in total.

The two day sale saw ten lots topping the £1million mark, two artist records set for Mel Ramos and Allen Jones, and enthusiastic bidding from collectors from all over the world.

Six of the top ten lots were renowned Andy Warhol paintings. The highest price realised was for his Self Portrait (Fright Wig) from 1986, one of his last, which more than doubled its £2-3m estimate to sell for £5,361,250. Next came Flowers, sold for £3,737,250, followed by The Kiss (Bela Lugosi), for £3,177,250, then the timeless portrait of Sachs’ ex wife Brigitte Bardot, for £3,009,250, the varying colour prints portraits of Mao, for £1,609,250, and Warhol’s portrait of Gunter Sachs himself, for £1,273,250.

The other top sellers were Tom Wesselmann’s Great American Nudes numbers 31 and 51, sold for £1,721,250 and £1,609,250 respectively, Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s sheep sculpture Moutons de Laine sold for £1,609,250, and the record for a Mel Ramos image, the pin-up-esque A. C. Annie, for £1,071,650.

Allen Jones’ rare pop art mannequin furniture fetched record prices, of which the table was the highest at £970,850, the chair for £8,36,450, and the hatstand for £780,450.

German photographer, author and playboy Fritz Gunter Sachs organised Andy Warhol’s first European exhibition in 1972, and was a good friend of the artist. He was known for his extensive art and furniture collection, which he spent his life assembling. Due to this he formed close relationships with artists as a patron.

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