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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Plays Starring Role in London’s $132m Auctions

3 min read  · 17 Oct 2023

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, *Six Birds in the Bush* (2015), sold for $3.6m, 146% above its estimate. Copyright the artist, courtesy of Sotheby's

Discover the top sales, rising stars, lastminute withdrawals and talking points of the contemporary auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips held in London during Frieze Week in October 2023.

All sales results are hammer prices plus premiums.

George Condo Leads The Now $18.84m Sale at Sotheby's
A portrait by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye soared to $3.6m, a new record for the young artist while works by George Condo and Mohammed Sami were among the 91% of lots selling above their estimates on October 12, kick starting the Frieze Week auctions.

Andy Warhol's Shoes Sparkle at Sotheby's Contemporary $37m Sale
Andy Warhol shoes and a portrait by Francis Bacon backed by a guarantor were among the 61% of lots selling above their estimates at Sotheby's Contemporary evening auction in London on October 12 but a sculpture by Jeff Koons was among the big-ticket works withdrawn at the lastminute.

Banksy Leads the 20th Century & Contemporary $22.35m Sale at Phillips
Banksy's spry painted riff on stained glass was among the 80% of lots selling above their estimates at Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London on October 13, with a new painting by the young artist Francesca Mollett in hot demand.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Tops Christie's 20th/21st Century $54.48m Sale
Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Salvo, a late Italian artist, were among the 74% of lots selling above their estimates at Christie's 20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, along with paintings by rising stars Pam Evelyn and Louis Fratino in a jittery market.


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye