Art Basel 2017 News

A Piero Manzoni Sells at Hauser & Wirth for Over $11 M., and More Sales from Art Basel’s Second Day

A Piero Manzoni Achrome, 1958–59, sold for $11.2 million, at Hauser & Wirth, to a European collection.


Buying at art fairs often drops off by the second day, after the collectors who came in for the VIP preview to shop pack their bags and head out of town. But not so much at Art Basel, where collectors tend to stick around for a day or two, and some even wait until the weekend to pay a visit. Several galleries reported very strong sales for the second day—including over €10 million ($11.2 million) for a work from Piero Manzoni’s series of “Achrome” pieces from 1958-1959 at Hauser & Wirth. The gallery just began representing the artist’s estate—not a bad way to kick things off.

Here’s a few of sales that occurred during the second day at Art Basel.

  • Alberto Burri, Sacco (Sack), 1954, $10 million, at David Zwirner
  • Sigmar Polke, Nachtkappe I (Night Cap I), 1986, $8 million at David Zwirner
  • Agnes Martin, Untitled #9 (1988), $5 million, at Mnuchin Gallery
  • Kazuo Shiraga, Sekirai (1997), $5 million, at Fergus McCaffrey Gallery
  • Tom Wesselmann, Drawing for Nude on a Couch (1971), $4.4 million, at Edward Tyler Nahem
  • Sigmar Polke, a painting for $3.5 million, at Michael Werner, sold to a European collector
  • Christopher Wool, Untitled (2002), $3.5 at Mnuchin gallery
  • Kazuo Shiraga, Composition BB41 (1962), $2.8 million at Hauser & Wirth
  • Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (London Bridge), 2017, $2.5 million, at Jack Shainman
  • Roberto Matta, La violence de la douceur (1949), $2.5 million, at Galerie Gmurzynska, to a European collection
  • Barkley L. Hendricks, Woody (1973), $750,000, at Jack Shainman Gallery
  • Dan Colen, a large work for $450,000, at Levy Gorvy, to an American institution
  • Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (2004), $300,000 at Mnuchin Gallery
  • Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Échelonnement, $227,000, at von Bartha
  • Nick Cave, Soundsuit, $160,000, at Jack Shainman Gallery
  • Mickalene Thomas, Pam Grier, $100,000-$150,000, at Lehmann Maupin

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