Gerhard Richter, Jenny Saville and Francis Bacon are just three of the blue-chip names headlining Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale in London Thursday evening. The auction house has high hopes for Bacon’s “Portrait of George Dyer Talking” from 1966, which set a world-record price in a 2000 sale at $6.5 million. An estimate is available on request, but Christie’s is quoting a price in the region of £21 million, with expectations climbing much higher to $51 – $52 million. Richter’s “Abstraktes Bild” from 1989 is also an estimate on request, but is being quoted at around £50 million. Jenny Saville’s “Plan” from 1993 is one of her key early works and could sell for a high-end estimate of £1.2 million.
Blouin ARTINFO and ART+AUCTION’S Judd Tully took a tour of the sale’s preview with Christie’s Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art Frances Outred.