Andy Warhol Self-Portrait Leads $56 M. Gunter Sachs Collection Evening Auction at Sotheby’s London

Allen Jones. Table, executed in 1969. (Courtesy Sotheby's)

The Gunter Sachs Collection Evening Auction in London tonight saw some “frenzied bidding” as per Sotheby’s Twitter feed, and brought in a total of $56,353,203. While Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait (Fright Wig), topped the sale at $8.5 million (high estimate was $4.7 million), a risque 1969 table by Allen Jones also set a record at $1,5 million. Quite apropos for the objects of a playboy art collector who was famously married to Brigitte Bardot. Read More


Morning Links: The Evil Yellow Slugs Edition

A detail from The Big Hawthorn, 2008, by David Hockney. Photograph: Richard Schmidt

Ian Jack wonders if it is a problem that David Hockney’s blossoms look like “evil yellow slugs.” [Guardian UK]

Georgina Adam on the ongoing controversy involving a Rauschenberg, a stuffed eagle and the IRS. [Financial Times]

David Shrigley has a new billboard coming to the High Line, at 10th Avenue and 18th Street, April 5—his deadpan brand of twee existential insecurity writ large, super large. [Paper Magazine] Read More