Sigmar Polke

German, 1941–2010

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Characterized by wit and endless inventiveness, Sigmar Polke created an oeuvre that is wildly diverse in its exploration of mediums and materials. Inspired by his fascination with science and alchemy, Polke innovated techniques in painting and …

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$27.1m, Sotheby's, 2015
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Goldnugget, 1989
Sold on May 26, 2021
€5,250
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Photography
toned gelatin silver print
40.64 x 30.48 cm
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€5,250
Auction Sale
May 26, 2021
Christie's
Description
Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) tirage argentique viré signé, titré et daté au crayon (verso) image/feuille : 30,5 x 40,5 cm. Cette oeuvre est unique. toned gelatin silver print signed, titled and dated in pencil (verso) image/sheet: 12 x 16 in. This work is unique.
Goldnugget, 1989
toned gelatin silver print
May 26, 2021
Christie's
€5,250
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Photography
40.64 x 30.48 cm
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May 26, 2021
Christie's
Realized Price
€5,250
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Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) tirage argentique viré signé, titré et daté au crayon (verso) image/feuille : 30,5 x 40,5 cm. Cette oeuvre est unique. toned gelatin silver print signed, titled and dated in pencil (verso) image/sheet: 12 x 16 in. This work is unique.
Stadtbild II (City Painting II), 1968
Sold on May 13, 2021
$8,000,000
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Painting
dispersion on canvas
125.73 x 149.86 cm
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$8,000,000
Auction Sale
May 13, 2021
Christie's
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Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) signed and dated 'S. Polke 68' (on the reverse) dispersion on canvas 59 x 49 ½ in. (149.9 x 125.7 cm.) Painted in 1968.
Stadtbild II (City Painting II), 1968
dispersion on canvas
May 13, 2021
Christie's
$8,000,000
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125.73 x 149.86 cm
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May 13, 2021
Christie's
Realized Price
$8,000,000
Description
Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) signed and dated 'S. Polke 68' (on the reverse) dispersion on canvas 59 x 49 ½ in. (149.9 x 125.7 cm.) Painted in 1968.
Stadtbild II (City Painting II), 1968
Sold on May 13, 2021
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Painting
dispersion on canvas
125.73 x 149.86 cm
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Auction Sale
May 13, 2021
Christie's
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Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) signed and dated 'S. Polke 68' (on the reverse) dispersion on canvas 59 x 49 ½ in. (149.9 x 125.7 cm.) Painted in 1968.
Stadtbild II (City Painting II), 1968
dispersion on canvas
May 13, 2021
Christie's
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Painting
125.73 x 149.86 cm
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May 13, 2021
Christie's
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Price not available
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Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) signed and dated 'S. Polke 68' (on the reverse) dispersion on canvas 59 x 49 ½ in. (149.9 x 125.7 cm.) Painted in 1968.
Ohne Titel (Bunnies), 2000
Sold on May 11, 2021
$1,710,000
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Work on Paper
acrylic on paper
149.86 x 200.03 cm
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$1,710,000
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May 11, 2021
Christie's
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SIGMAR POLKE (1941-2010) signed and dated 'Sigmar Polke 2000' (lower left); signed and dated again 'Sigmar Polke 2000' (on the reverse) acrylic on paper 78 ¾ x 59 in. (200 x 150 cm.) Executed in 2000.
Ohne Titel (Bunnies), 2000
acrylic on paper
May 11, 2021
Christie's
$1,710,000
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Work on Paper
149.86 x 200.03 cm
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May 11, 2021
Christie's
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$1,710,000
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SIGMAR POLKE (1941-2010) signed and dated 'Sigmar Polke 2000' (lower left); signed and dated again 'Sigmar Polke 2000' (on the reverse) acrylic on paper 78 ¾ x 59 in. (200 x 150 cm.) Executed in 2000.
Untitled, 1999
Sold on Apr 16, 2021
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Work on Paper
interference colour on paper
68.0 x 100.0 cm
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Apr 16, 2021
Phillips
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Untitled, 1999
interference colour on paper
Apr 16, 2021
Phillips
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68.0 x 100.0 cm
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Apr 16, 2021
Phillips
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Untitled (Mönchengladbach 1983) (Becker/von der Osten 53), 1983
Sold on Apr 15, 2021
$113,400
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Print
Acrylic gloss paint and ink on offset lithograph printed in colors
91.44 x 65.09 cm
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$113,400
Auction Sale
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
Acrylic gloss paint and ink on offset lithograph printed in colors, 1983, signed in blue ink, dated '84' and numbered 9/30, from the edition of 30 unique variants (there are also some artist's proofs without overpainting), published by Museumsverein Mönchengladbach, Germany, framed sheet: 650 by 920 mm 25 ⅝ by 36 ¼ in framed: 840 by 1100 mm 33 by 43 ¼ in
Untitled (Mönchengladbach 1983) (Becker/von der Osten 53), 1983
Acrylic gloss paint and ink on offset lithograph printed in colors
Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
$113,400
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Print
91.44 x 65.09 cm
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Apr 15, 2021
Sotheby's
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$113,400
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Acrylic gloss paint and ink on offset lithograph printed in colors, 1983, signed in blue ink, dated '84' and numbered 9/30, from the edition of 30 unique variants (there are also some artist's proofs without overpainting), published by Museumsverein Mönchengladbach, Germany, framed sheet: 650 by 920 mm 25 ⅝ by 36 ¼ in framed: 840 by 1100 mm 33 by 43 ¼ in
Untitled (Blue), 1992
Sold on Apr 7, 2021
£107,100
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c-print
51.3 x 60.7 cm
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£107,100
Auction Sale
Apr 7, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
signed with the artist's initials on the reverse c-print, in 10 parts each: 60.7 by 51.3 cm. 23⅞ by 20⅛ in. each, framed: 65.6 by 56.1 cm. 25⅞ by 22 in. Executed in 1992. We are most grateful to Mr. Michael Trier for the information he has kindly provided.
Untitled (Blue), 1992
c-print
Apr 7, 2021
Sotheby's
£107,100
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51.3 x 60.7 cm
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Apr 7, 2021
Sotheby's
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£107,100
Description
signed with the artist's initials on the reverse c-print, in 10 parts each: 60.7 by 51.3 cm. 23⅞ by 20⅛ in. each, framed: 65.6 by 56.1 cm. 25⅞ by 22 in. Executed in 1992. We are most grateful to Mr. Michael Trier for the information he has kindly provided.
Untitled, 1986
Sold on Mar 29, 2021
$8,820
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Photography
toned gelatin silver print
40.6 x 30.5 cm
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$8,820
Auction Sale
Mar 29, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
a unique object, toned gelatin silver print, signed, dated '86,' editioned '24/30,' and annotated 'Pavillon Biennale Venedig' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1986 image: 12 by 16 in. (30.5 by 40.6 cm.) frame: 19 ¾ by 23 ¾ in. (50.2 by 60.3 cm.)
Untitled, 1986
toned gelatin silver print
Mar 29, 2021
Sotheby's
$8,820
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Photography
40.6 x 30.5 cm
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Mar 29, 2021
Sotheby's
Realized Price
$8,820
Description
a unique object, toned gelatin silver print, signed, dated '86,' editioned '24/30,' and annotated 'Pavillon Biennale Venedig' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1986 image: 12 by 16 in. (30.5 by 40.6 cm.) frame: 19 ¾ by 23 ¾ in. (50.2 by 60.3 cm.)
Ohne Titel (Schüttbild) (Untitled (Pour Painting)), 1996
Sold on Mar 25, 2021
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Painting
lacquer on silk, in artist's frame
130.0 x 150.0 cm
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Mar 25, 2021
Christie's
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SIGMAR POLKE (1941-2010) signed and dated 'S. Polke 96' (lower right) lacquer on silk, in artist's frame 59 x 51 1/8in. (150 x 130cm.) Executed in 1996
Ohne Titel (Schüttbild) (Untitled (Pour Painting)), 1996
lacquer on silk, in artist's frame
Mar 25, 2021
Christie's
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130.0 x 150.0 cm
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Mar 25, 2021
Christie's
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SIGMAR POLKE (1941-2010) signed and dated 'S. Polke 96' (lower right) lacquer on silk, in artist's frame 59 x 51 1/8in. (150 x 130cm.) Executed in 1996
Untitled, 1990
Sold on Mar 19, 2021
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oil on fabric
75.0 x 90.0 cm
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Mar 19, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
signed and dated 1990 on the stretcher; signed with the artist's initials on the reverse oil on fabric 90 by 75 cm. 35½ by 29½ in. framed: 94.5 by 80 cm. 37¼ by 31½ in. We are most grateful to Mr. Michael Trier for the information he has kindly provided.
Untitled, 1990
oil on fabric
Mar 19, 2021
Sotheby's
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75.0 x 90.0 cm
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Mar 19, 2021
Sotheby's
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signed and dated 1990 on the stretcher; signed with the artist's initials on the reverse oil on fabric 90 by 75 cm. 35½ by 29½ in. framed: 94.5 by 80 cm. 37¼ by 31½ in. We are most grateful to Mr. Michael Trier for the information he has kindly provided.