An Art-Filled Evening You’ll Never Forget

  • Andy Warhol’s Nine Campbell’s Soup Cans
  • Abstraktes Bild (809-2)
  • Ruscha’s 1973 piece, Truth—a graduated green work featuring the word “Truth” in all capital letters

Home to painters, screenwriters, music producers, and thespians, Los Angeles has long been known as a city of artists—so it is fitting that global auction company Christie’s chose the City of Angels as a stopping point for its most recent art pop-up, Christie’s 20th Century Week Highlights Tour.

Valued at more than $60 million, the 34-lot exhibition—open to the public for a brief window, October 21 through October 24—showcased contemporary highlights from the upcoming November Evening auctions, which will take place in New York November 15 to 18. Featuring postwar, contemporary, modern, and impressionist art from masters such as Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Sam Francis, and Mark Grotjahn, the LA pop-up offered a rare opportunity for local art-lovers to see several world-famous works up-close.

The undisputed star of the show was Abstraktes Bild (809-2), a Gerhard Richter piece from guitarist Eric Clapton’s personal collection—Richter used a squeegee to create the wispy, multicolored patterns on this larger-than-life painting. In 2012, the piece set an auction record when it sold for $34 million—at the time it was the most ever paid for a painting by a living artist. Abstraktes Bild (809-2) is expected to fetch anywhere from $18 to $25 million when it goes to auction in New York on November 15.

Fittingly, designs from Los Angeles–based artist Edward Ruscha were also on display; his 1988 oil-and-acrylic work, Point Blank (estimated to sell for $4 to $6 million), features the titular words superimposed over a bird’s-eye-view grid of Los Angeles. Ruscha’s 1973 piece, Truth—a graduated green work featuring the word “Truth” in all capital letters—was also on view. Several other artworks such as Andy Warhol’s Nine Campbell’s Soup Cans, Wayne Thiebaud’s Sunglasses, and Richard Prince’s Nurse Elsa were also on display.

In addition to the Los Angeles preview, some of the artwork has been displayed at similar pop-ups in Hong Kong, Paris, London, Shanghai, Beijing, and San Francisco. Art enthusiasts will have one more chance to scope out the collection at a special showcase at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries in New York, which will be open to the public from November 5 until the auction kicks off November 15. (christies.com)

From Around the Web...
Rothko’s No. 1, painted in 1949 as the first in a series of 12
No. 1 and Transom will hit the block as two of 50-plus lots at a Christie’s London sale in New York…
Heartfelt correspondence and stunning jewels are among many remarkable items set to cross the block...
The Beatles, Bob Marley, and Barbra Streisand all hit the auction block in this landmark sale…
A rendering of the new Christie's center in Beverly Hills.
Set to debut in April, the 5,400-square-foot center will feature two floors for sales and events…
More than 100 of Britto’s original works will be on exhibit and for sale…
Phillips auction house’s Robert Manley shares the secrets to building a successful art collection…
The ultra-exclusive writing instrument collection abounds with diamonds and gems that twinkle like...
AP/REX/Shutterstock
The lineup of heavy hitters include articles once owned by Evel Knievel, Babe Ruth, and Jim Brown…
UI/REX/Shutterstock
Although left on the block, the psychoanalyst’s signed oath and letter can still be bought online…
The late artists’ respective pieces could bring billionaire buyers together at Christie’s in London…