Pritchard was the underbidder on another of the night’s electric, record-breaking works: ’s
double portrait Yocks
(1975), which eventually went to Sotheby’s head of contemporary art in Asia, Yuki Terase, for a $3.1 million hammer, or $3.74 million with fees. The previous record for the late artist, whose market has skyrocketed in the last year, was $2.17 million.
The most raucous lot of the night also set a record. When ’s Civil Planning
(2004) hit the block, the full-throated shouts of bids from specialists trying to reach higher than their colleagues and bidders in the room were so loud auctioneer Oliver Barker joked: “It sounds like Trump’s dinner party in here!” (The auction’s start time was pushed back 15 minutes because of traffic caused by the U.S. Secret Service blocking off streets in Midtown for the president’s visit to Manhattan for a fundraising gala.)
The Schutz eventually sold to the vice chairman of Sotheby’s fine arts division, Brooke Lampley, for a $2 million hammer—five times its high estimate. With fees, the total came to $2.4 million, beating the $980,000 record for Schutz work established a few hours earlier at Phillips, just a nine-minute motorcade ride away on Park Avenue.