A record was broken for the English artist
, whose sculpture Fascia III
(2010) sold for a £450,000 ($594,000) hammer, or £555,000 ($731,435) with fees, on the second lot of the night. New marks were also recorded for
, a sculpture for
, and for
, who was making her debut in an evening sale. Her painting Selective Histories
(2016) hammered at £200,000 ($264,000), well above the high estimate of £150,000 ($197,685), for a with-fees price of £250,000 ($329,475).
The sale was also marked by the highest-ever proportion of female artists in an evening sale at Sotheby’s, with the run of work led by
, who became the world’s most expensive living female artist
(1992) sold at Sotheby’s in October for £9.5 million ($12.4 million). Her star lot in tonight’s sale, Juncture
(1994), saw just a single bid from European contemporary art head Alex Branczik, for £4.8 million ($6.3 million), and saw its price go up to £5.4 million ($7.2 million) with fees. It last sold at Christie’s London in February 2009 for £457,250 ($675,000)—marking an increase of more than 1,000%.
The sale also included work from a number of major collections, including that of David Teiger
—11 lots from his collection sold in a special suite at Sotheby’s New York in November 2018, grossing $48.5 million
. There was work from the collection of architect Louis J. C. Tan, including ’s Little Campbell’s Soup Can (Minestrone)
(1962), which hammered at £1.8 million ($2.4 million)—or £2.1 million ($2.8 million) with fees—to David Schrader, head of private sales. One living consignor who made out big tonight was the fashion designer Marc Jacobs: Sotheby’s successfully sold six of his works for a total take of more than £4.3 million ($5.7 million).