The lackluster evening started out on an exciting note, when Amoako Boafo
’s debut work at auction, The Lemon Bathing Suit
(2019), hammered down at 11 times its high estimate, £550,000 ($713,000), or £675,000 ($875,000) with fees. Earlier this week, the artist himself bemoaned that his work was being sold at auction so quickly in a Bloomberg
article—Boafo is 35, and the work was only painted last year. The seller, notorious dealer, collector, and avowed flipper
Stefan Simchowitz said he will use the money to support other emerging artists. The sale also set a new auction record for Tschabalala Self
, with her painting Princess
(2017) selling for £435,000 ($562,000) after fees. Self, another hot emerging artist, has expressed
similar concerns about her work selling at auction.