Top Lots: Contemporary Art

Swann's May 16, 2013 auction of Contemporary Art offered an exciting selection of unique works and auction debuts. The top sale, Untitled (Horse) by the modernist Indian painter Maqbool Fida Husain, brought $144,000. The oil painting, appearing for the first time at auction, is hallmark example of Husain's celebrated horse paintings.
Maqbool Fida Husain, Untitled (Horse), oil on canvas, late 1960s.
With few multiples on the market, Yves Klein's Monochrome und Feuer (Triptych), a 1961 set of three prints, set a new auction record at $36,000.    
Yves Klein, Monochrome und Feuer (Triptych), set of three prints, one with gold leaf, 1961.

Making its first auction appearance, a preliminary drawing/collage for Christo's famed wrapping of the Berlin Reichstag was a true delight! The diptych displays the process and vision of Christo's monumental installation, and it sold for $66,000.
Christo, Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin) Diptych, two-part mixed media collage, 1980.
There were several Andy Warhol prints in the auction, including Mao, 1972 and Liz, 1964. The top sale went to his portrait of General Custer, 1986, bringing $40,800–a new auction record for the print.
Andy Warhol, General Custer, color screenprint, 1986.

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