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In Season-Starting Sales, Auctionata Aims for ‘Broader Audience’

Jeff Koons's Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus, 2013. COURTESY AUCTIONATA

Jeff Koons, Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus, 2013.


This week, Kenny Schachter brought us up to speed on the sales to watch this season. Here’s another to add to the list, from the online world: the web-based auction house Auctionata is opening the season with a two-session sale on September 24, as well as a new app.

The sale, “Meet the Masters,” will encompass 247 works of art in total and will be livestreamed. The app will allow bidders from around the world to participate in real time.

With prices in the five figures, Auctionata is aiming for a wide collecting audience. The second of its season-opening sales includes accessibly priced works by Jeff Koons, whose auction record, achieved at Christie’s two years ago, is $52 million. Auctionata has six works by Koons, including his limited edition 2013 Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus, a hot-pink take on the Paleolithic Venus of Willendorf figurine. It is estimated at $40,000.

Auctionata’s director of prints and contemporary art, Deborah Ripley, told ARTnews in an email, “Auction prices for prominent contemporary and modern artists in this booming art market have become prohibitive for all but the most wealthy collectors. We sought to curate a sale that would include works at attractive estimates to appeal to a broader audience who could enjoy bidding on some real gems.”

The first of the two sales, “Meet the Masters: From Modern to Pop,” will present over 100 prints, drawings, paintings, ceramics, and works on paper, including four prints from Andy Warhol’s 1986 Cowboys and Indians portfolio, a James Rosenquist sketch, a drawing from Keith Haring’s first solo show, and Tom Wesselmann’s 1993 nude, Claire Sitting with Robe Half Off (Vivienne) (starting at $10,000).

Roy Lichtenstein's Still With Grapefruit, Banana, and Grapes, 1972. COURTESY AUCTIONATA

Roy Lichtenstein, Still With Grapefruit, Banana, and Grapes, 1972.


Most notably, the sale will include a rare collection of early Roy Lichtenstein still-life works on paper that had belonged to one of the artist’s studio assistants. A signed 1972 pen-and-ink drawing, Still Life with Grapefruit, Banana, and Grapes, is estimated at $12,000.

The “Meet the Masters: Contemporary” auction, taking place later the same day, will feature more that 130 photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, ceramics, and sculptures by artists such as Sol LeWitt, Marilyn Minter, Chris Ofili, Richard Artschwager, Alex Katz, Sui Jianguo, and Robert Longo. Longo’s works on paper will be especially well represented in this sale—his 2005 charcoal Study for New Venus (beginning at $15,000), a 1981 drawing from his “Men in the Cities” series, and his famous 1991 lithograph Frank and Glenn (beginning at $7,500) are among the offerings.

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