November Auctions at a Glance

Your guide to what to watch, when


This Fall, fairs, auctions, and exhibitions have brought collectors to destinations old and new. Hong Kong or Seoul, London, and Paris are nice, but New York is still the de facto capital of the art world. It’s time to come back. The biggest sales of the season are about to take place over the next two weeks, and LiveArt has you covered with an easy-to-save calendar and the need-to-know lots. 

Here’s what’s on deck:

Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Collection, Christie's, Wednesday, November 9, 7 pm EST (Part I) and Thursday, November 10, 10 am EST (Part II)

The billion-dollar collection has something for everyone. Whether you are an Imp/Mod aficionado or a king of Contemporary, the Allen collection likely contains one of your dream acquisitions. Check out the rundown on some of the key lots, and tune into the podcast to hear from Marc Porter and Max Carter about the sale’s estimates and where the money is headed.

Recommended reading:
Christie's Reveals $850m from Paul Allen's Collection

Tune in:
Artelligence Podcast: The Billion-Dollar Paul G. Allen Collection at Christie's with Marc Porter and Max Carter


The David M. Solinger Collection Evening Auction, Sotheby's, Monday, November 14, 5:30 pm EST

A central figure in New York's museum community at the height of the 20th Century, David M. Solinger owned important works by de Kooning, Miró, Picasso, Giacometti, and more. Sotheby’s is selling works from the 90-lot collection in this single owner event as well as across a number of their autumn sales. LiveArt has the scoop on how Solinger’s personal connections shaped his collecting habits.

Recommended reading:
Sotheby's Announces $100m Solinger Collection 


Sotheby's Modern Evening Auction, Monday, November 14, 6 pm EST

In its second sale of the night, Sotheby’s is offering a few potentially pivotal lots. In addition to the 1951 Henry Moore with a $30 million price tag and the rare red Mondrian going for $50 million, there are also strong works by René Magritte, Camille Pissarro, and Constantin Brancusi.

Recommended reading:
Henry Moore's Most Valuable Work Comes to Sotheby's
A Major Mondrian 


Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Tuesday, November 15, 4 pm

With the first three lots by Ilana Savdie, Danica Lundy (auction debut), and Lauren Quin, Phillips is opening this sale with works by three of the most sought-after Contemporary women painters. To balance out some of that wet paint, the sale also includes a showstopping Twombly previously owned by François Pinault.

Recommended reading:
Phillips to Offer $35m Twombly 


Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Wednesday, November 16, 10 am EST (Morning Session) and 2 pm EST (Afternoon Session)

This treasure hunt of a day sale includes over 300 lots, but we have our eyes on a few in particular. Dominique Fung’s Alluring Vase is her third work to come to auction, and with the demand for her work on the rise, it could reset her record. Louis Fratino and Jenna Gribbon both have tender scenes in the sale that exemplify their unique depictions of same-sex intimacy. Very few of Gribbon’s mature works have come onto the block, so demand may cause the painting to supersede its $40,000 estimate.


Sotheby's The Now Evening Auction, Wednesday, November 16, 6 pm EST

Sotheby’s foray into the ultra-Contemporary opens with a complex scene by Louis Fratino that is guaranteed to make it into his top three prices at auction. The lot directly following is another knockout: a composition of dancing figures in Salman Toor’s signature green hues. Other lots to watch include paintings by Anna Weyant and Christina Quarles.


Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction, Wednesday, November 16, 7 pm EST

Sotheby’s evening sale opens with three lots by three of the most important women in 20th century art: Barbara Kruger, Alice Neel, and Joan Mitchell. The impressive inventory acts as a drum role to two potentially record breaking lots, an $80 million Warhol and an $8 million Boetti.

Recommended reading:
Did the $195m Marilyn Advance the Warhol Market?
Sotheby's Aims for $8m Boetti Record 


Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day Auction, Thursday, November 17, 10 am EST

The sale opens with a painting by Bob Thompson, who also opened the Phillips day sale. Following a run of lots by the women of the AbEx movement, there is also a “knockout” Ernie Barnes and a few enticing Thiebauds.


Christie's 20th Century Evening Sale, Thursday, November 17, 5:30 pm EST

Christie’s sale includes a late 70s de Kooning with a price tag of $35 million and a Lichtenstein mirror from the collection of Agnes Gund. Other notable lots include a Frida Kahlo self-portrait from 1933 and a Magritte tablescape atop an apple

Recommended reading:
Christie's to Offer $35m de Kooning
Agnes Gund Sells Lichtenstein Mirror for Charity 


Christie's 21st Century Evening Sale, Thursday, November 17, 8 p, EST

While Basquiat’s Sugar Ray and Koons’ train may be at the top of the price spectrum for this sale, they are certainly in good company alongside potential market-makers. After her star-studded opening at Gagosian last week, Anna Weyant may see a record at auction when Loose Screw hits the block. A 2017 painting by Christina Quarles and a green scene by Salman Toor round out the offerings.

Recommended reading:
Basquiat's Knockout Sugar Ray
This Train Bound for Glory? 


Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Friday, November 18, 10 am EST

In the last Contemporary sale of the week, Christie’s opens with a 2020 beach painting by Jenna Gribbon that, like the one at Phillips earlier in the week, is one of the few examples of her more recent works at auction. It also includes an Etel Adnan diptych, a reimagined society portrait by Ewa Juszkiewicz, and an ice cream sundae by the late Claes Oldenberg.

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