The George Michael Collection Evening Auction was held on 14 March 2019 at Christie’s in London. Here is a summary of the results:
- A total of 60 lots (the Eva Rothschild piece was withdrawn) were sold generating a total of £9,264,000 with proceeds going to extend George Michael’s extraordinary philanthropic legacy.
- Looking at the hammer prices, a total of 37 lots exceeded the high estimate, while 12 lots fell below the estimated range. 11 lots ended within the estimates.
- Jim Lambie’s ‘Careless Whisper’ had the biggest percentage differential from its estimated price, ending 678% over its high estimate. The work was estimated to sell for only about
£12,000 – £18,000 but ended the auction with a hammer price of £140,000.
Emmin’s‘George Loves Kenny’ ended with an outstanding hammer price of £280,000, which is about 367% over its estimated price of £40,000 – £60,000.
- The most expensive piece of the auction was Damien Hirst’s ‘The Incomplete Truth,’ which fetched £750,000 at the evening auction. The price, however, is below 25% its estimated price. His other work, the ‘Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain’ was a close second at £720,000, though short by 28% of its estimated amount.
- Mat Collishaw’s ‘Burnt Almonds, Heinrich & Eva’ got the lowest bid of the night with only £2,800, which is 44% below its estimate of £5,000- £7,000.
Scroll the table horizontally to check how much the works have sold.
Price realized = sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable taxes and fees.
Hammer price = the price at which an item is sold at auction.
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