Art Basel Sales Hit Record

Half the fun of going to Art 43 Basel is learning who sold what to whom?

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social network are still in full force this weekend to visit the event, and have submitted the following updates of some important art transactions. Clearly, the steep prices suggest no clearance sale took place.

Half the fun of going to Art 43 Basel is learning who sold what to whom.
Art collectors of ArtKabinett social network are still in full force this weekend to visit the event, and have submitted the following updates of some important art transactions. Clearly, the steep prices suggest no clearance sale took place.
Blum & Poe: Takashi Murakami’s two-part “Shangri-La Blue/Shangri-La Pink” (2012) in acrylic on canvas, for around $1.5 million; Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi’s new paint-gob-scattered abstraction at $150,000, and an older work from 1990, the diptych, “The Rings Stay Open” for $125,000; and Matt Johnson’s painted bronze, “Styrofoam Girl” (2012), which sold for $60,000; Mark Grotjahn’s “Untitled (Orange Butterfly Blue MG03) #1” (2003) for around a million dollars; “Untitled (Turned and pretty blue and cream face 43.43)” in oil on cardboard mounted on linen from 2012 also sold for $225,000; Henry Taylor’s new wall relief, “You’re in it, we’re in it,” comprised in part of plastic bottles, black spray paint, a mop head, and nails, sold to a European collector for $40,000, while Scottish artist Michael Wilkinson’s impressive, mixed-media “Never Work 6 (triptych)” (2012) sold in the $15,000-20,000 range.
Galerie St. Etienne: sold a rare Max Beckmann woodcut of his most important print, “Group Portrait, Eden bar” (1923), in the low six figures.
Metro Pictures: two versions of Robert Longo’s fearsome “Untitled (Tiger Head No. 9) (2012), in charcoal on mounted paper, sold to Europeans for $295,000 apiece, and Olaf Breuning’s carved marble sculpture, “Flat Human (I want more)” (2009) sold to an American collector for $90,000;  four out of six from the new Cindy Sherman edition, “Untitled” (2010-2012), at $450,000 each; 10 Jim Shaw airbrush drawings on paper dating from 1979, featuring some Hollywood stars and other creatures (including Doris Day), sold at around $10,000 apiece.
Sperone Westwater, which sold three works byAlighiero e Boetti at prices ranging from $240,000 to $300,000, as well as Tom Sachs’s hand-painted bronze, “Saturn V” (2011) rocket, standing at its launch pad, for $125,000; “Mobile Home” (2012), a new Charles LeDray sculpture of a miniaturized outfit for $100,000 to a European collector,
Christopher Wool “End Plate II,” an alkyd-on-aluminum and steel from 1986 to a European collector for $950,000.
Pace sold Agnes Martin’s “Untitled,” a 12-inch-square oil, ink, and wash-on-canvas from circa 1961 for $1 million, Claes Oldenburg’s bronze and stainless steel “Clothespin” (1974) for $600,000, and Zhang Xiaogang’s somber oil-on-canvas “Face 2012 No.1” (2012) for $450,000.
Hauser & Wirth: Philip Guston’s late and figuratively gutsy “Orders” (1978), which went to a European collector for $6 million, and Louise Bourgeois’s mixed-media sculpture, “Arched Figure” (1993), for $2 million to another European; all three versions of Thomas Houseago’s bronze wall piece, “Untitled” (2012) for $175,000 apiece, as well as a new Paul McCarthy black walnut sculpture, “White Snow and Prince on Horse,” for $1.8 million.
Galerie Max Hetzler, a huge and new Albert Oehlen “Untitled” paper collage on canvas, replete with slivers of advertising images and strong colors sold for €315,0000 ($396,700), and Mona Hatoum’s ”Witness” (2009), a porcelain biscuit sculpture from an edition of 10 and a miniaturized version of a Beirut Lebanon monument that was damaged by gunfire during the country’s civil war, sold for €40,000 ($50,000); Günther Förg abstraction, “Untited” (1990) for  €150,000 ($189,000).
Acquavella Galleries sold Andy Warhol’s large-scale, 100-by-80-inch “Joseph Beuys” (1981); two new paintings by Damian Loeb, including “Vega” (2012), for approximately $220,000, and Wayne Thiebaud’s 24-by-24-inch “Girl in White” (1979-1996) for somewhere in the vicinity of the $1.5 million asking price.
Auriel Scheibler, the gallery sold Alice Neel‘s portrait, “Elsie Rubin” (1960) and “Spanish Harlem,” a circa 1938 drawing to a Chinese collector, for over $500,000. According to the gallery it is the first Neel heading to China.
Galerie Gmurzynska, sold a small scaled and pretty Fernand Leger composition, “Etude pour ‘La Baigneuse au tronc d’Arbre’” (1930) for $600,000, and a stunning Wilfredo Lam gouache on paper laid on canvas, “Figure Assise (Anamu)” (1943), for somewhere under $3 million.
Helly Nahmad Gallery: Picasso’s Untitled (2 June 1971), 1971, a work on paper for $300,000.
David Zwirner:  a $2.6m Donald Judd from 1981.
 
OMR: five editions of Artur Lescher’s ZU, 2012, which found homes in Russia, Eastern and mainland Europe for $45,000 each.
Hotel gallery: sold five out of six editions of Arbeit, 2012, a video piece by Duncan Campbell, for £20,000, with three going to museums.
L & M Arts  Ed Kienholz ”Untitled” 1959 $300,000 sold immediately at opening.
As we reported earlier this week, Gerhard Richter’s large, richly textured, and riotously polychromatic 1986 oil painting “A.B. Courbet, ” a highlight of the Pace Gallery’s booth at this week’s Art Basel, was sold today during the second day of the fair’s VIP preview. The work was listed in the $25 million range.