Six lots exceeding 1 MSEK starts Bukowskis´ auction season

169. Ola Billgren ”Skymningstimme”.

With 335 objects and a total estimate of 27,2 million SEK, this spring’s Contemporary Art & Design auction is the largest in four seasons. One of the highlights in the auction was Richard Prince’s ”Untitled (joke)”, an iconic art work that reached a final price of 2 144 000 SEK, the highest in the auction.

The extensive department including art works from Ola Billgren’s many different periods – from realistic painting in the 60s, – to the major cityscapes executed in the 80s shows his everlasting relevance with three lots exceeding 1 million SEK.

A great result that yet again shows that Billgren’s position on the Swedish art market continues to be strong. My favourite ”Spegling”, from 1966 is a fantastic example of his realistic painting and ”Untitled (joke)” by Richard Prince was definitely the star of the night, says Louise Wrede, Specialist Contemporary Art

One of the themes in the department of photography was Larry Clark’s series Tulsa. ”Dead, 1970” being the most popular motif and cover of the legendary book ”Tulsa” from 1971, sold for a great 40 000 SEK. László Moholy-Nagys photogram ”Untitled (FGM206)” from 1925-1928 reached the highest final price of all the photography’s during the evenings auction.

It is so nice to see that a photogram can reach an exceptional high price on the Swedish market with László Moholy-Nagys photogram being sold to a foreign collector for 1 004 500 SEK, says Karin Aringer, Specialist Photography, Contemporary Art.

In the print department, with international bidding and high final prices, prints by the likes of Keith Haring, David Hockney and Andy Warhol were popular. It was the first time a piece by Joakim Ojanen was sold in an auction. His humoristic sculpture intrigued several bidders and fetched the price of 95 625 SEK.

Bukowskis could also present a successful sale of a rare piece from our own Swedish design history, the iconic armchair ”Concrete” by Jonas Bohlin, which sold for 573 750 SEK. Reportedly the original chair and the one exhibited at Konstfack in Stockholm 1981.

Its unusual that an iconic object such as ”Concrete” is out for sale and that is why its extra exciting that both the interest and result exceeded all expectations. Jonas Bohlin’s ”Concrete” is the most expensive piece of furniture sold in Sweden, with all means, it is an incredible milestone in Swedish design history, says Jonatan Jahn, Specialist Design and 20th-21st Century Works of Art.

More hightlights from the auction:

41. Ron Arad, a "2 R NOT" chair, 1992, no 6 in an edition of 20.
Hammer price 
240 000 SEK
Estimate 
150 000 - 200 000 SEK
90. Joakim Ojanen, "OMG!".
Hammer price 
75 000 SEK
Estimate 
40 000 - 50 000 SEK
107. Lars Lerin, "Februaribrev från Reykjavik II".
Hammer price 
120 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 125 000 SEK
108. Jan Håfström, "The Visitors".
Hammer price 
125 000 SEK
Estimate 
150 000 - 175 000 SEK
115. Lena Cronqvist, "Flicka med mammadocka i balja".
Hammer price 
100 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 125 000 SEK
116. Ola Billgren, "Cityscape (30 år i Lund)".
Hammer price 
1 000 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 000 000 - 1 200 000 SEK
120. Richard Prince, "Untitled (joke)".
Hammer price 
1 750 000 SEK
Estimate 
2 000 000 - 2 500 000 SEK
136. Jim Dine, "Desire (A Study)".
Hammer price 
700 000 SEK
Estimate 
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
140. Ann Edholm, "Pantheon".
Hammer price 
155 000 SEK
Estimate 
125 000 - 150 000 SEK
153. Ola Billgren, "Spegling".
Hammer price 
1 050 000 SEK
Estimate 
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
159. Dick Bengtsson, "Oktoberceremonin IV".
Hammer price 
270 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK
169. Ola Billgren, "Skymningstimme".
Hammer price 
1 650 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 500 000 - 2 000 000 SEK
184. Ernst Billgren, Untitled.
Hammer price 
125 000 SEK
Estimate 
125 000 - 150 000 SEK
185. Gerhard Nordström, "Motif from Claude Monet's garden in Giverny".
Hammer price 
120 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
187. Ylva Ogland, "Min pappa och jag (med gobeläng)".
Hammer price 
150 000 SEK
Estimate 
60 000 - 80 000 SEK
189. Torsten Andersson, "Skulptur".
Hammer price 
120 000 SEK
Estimate 
125 000 - 150 000 SEK
203. Richard Smith, "Red Sky".
Hammer price 
130 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 - 70 000 SEK
227. Jacob Felländer, “The Second Over That City”, 2009.
Hammer price 
115 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
260. Hans Gedda, “Sign of Freedom”, 1990.
Hammer price 
105 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 150 000 SEK
272. László Moholy-Nagy, Untitled (FGM206), 1925-28.
Hammer price 
820 000 SEK
Estimate 
500 000 - 600 000 SEK

Consignment and valuation

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Contact:

Karin Aringer
Stockholm
Karin Aringer
Specialist Photography, Contemporary Art,
+46 (0)702 63 70 57
Louise Wrede
Stockholm
Louise Wrede
Specialist Contemporary Art (On parental leave)
+46 (0)739 40 08 19
Eva Seeman
Stockholm
Eva Seeman
Head Specialist Design and 20th-21st C Works of Art
+46 (0)708 92 19 69
Anette Granlund
Stockholm
Anette Granlund
Head Specialist Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Works of Art
+46 (0)708 92 19 92
Camilla Behrer
Stockholm
Camilla Behrer
Specialist Design and 20th Century Works of Art
+46 (0)708 92 19 77
Jonatan  Jahn
Stockholm
Jonatan Jahn
Specialist Design and 20th-21st Century Works of Art
+46 (0)703 92 88 60