While major painters produced very mixed results, works by a younger generation of artists inspired much more spirited bidding. Works by young market sensations
proved especially popular.
Hollowell’s elegant abstraction Lady in Green (2014) quickly surpassed its high estimate of £70,000 ($86,000) and, after a duel between phone bidders, sold to a buyer on the line with Christie’s Director and Senior Client Advisor Wei-Ting Jud for a hammer price of £290,000 ($357,000), or £359,000 ($442,000) with fees. The sale’s next lot, Self’s large mixed media work on canvas Sapphire (2015), sparked a frenzied bidding war between buyers in the room and on the phones, quickly pushing it past its high estimate of £150,000 ($185,000). The winning bid, placed by a woman seated at the back of the packed salesroom, was £320,000 ($394,000), which with fees came out to £395,000 ($487,000).