Record auction – the largest Contemporary Art & Design auction in 10 seasons

The largest hammer auction for contemporary art and design in the Nordic region resulted in sales of 27 million SEK. The hammer auction offered several lots exceeding one million SEK.

Swedish artist Lena Cronqvist's six bronze sculptures accounted for the auction's highest final price, landing at a total of 3,758,290 SEK.
Sculptures in different materials and stature are increasing in demand. Lena Cronqvist's bronze girls with personal expressions can be found in many public collections.

“It is extremely exciting that the whole sculpture collection is kept together, still owned by one single buyer. Lena Cronqvist is one of the most celebrated artists of our time. The collection became the auction's highest listing of 3,758,290 SEK” says Karin Aringer, Specialist in Contemporary Art and Photography.

The prints department had several lots with many bids and ended with a high final price. Andy Warhol's "Moonwalk" stood for the auction's most intense bidding, and reached a final price of 2 021 250 SEK, high above the estimate.

The highest price listing within the international art selection stood for John Chamberlain's sculpture "Le First", which achieved the final price of 2,108,658 SEK. As an artist, Chamberlain seriously developed abstract expressionism from the two-dimensional painting to the physical object. Also, Danish artist Per Kirkeby's painting "Ghosts" was sold to an international buyer with the final price of 1,039,758 SEK and Banksy’s graphic work "Christ with shopping bags" accounted for intensive bidding and ended at 612,000 SEK.

The interest in the Swedish artist Ola Billgren continues to be great and several works were sold over highly estimates. The print department also saw a high international standard with plenty of works by David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

”We are thrilled that print department in this auction reached high prices that stand out internationally, which shows Bukowskis is an international marketplace for art," says Cecilia Berggren, Prints, Classic Art, 19th/20th Century Specialist.

Bukowskis also sees a great demand for strong Swedish design. Bukowksis reached a new record price for Jonas Bohlin's iconic concrete chair in this auction. The chair, which was part of Bohlin's installation and degree work at Konstfack in 1981, stood for the highest final prize in the design department and landed a total of 235,875 SEK. Furthermore, the interest in objects by designer Mats Theselius continues to be great. His armchair "El Dorado” reached 95,625 SEK and the extraordinary motorcycle "MC hommagé à Royal Enfield”, which is only available in an edition of nine copies, finalized at 114,750 SEK.

The trend for Swedish-designed glass art continues and remains strong, with Åsa Jungnelius' glass sculpture "Snippan" outshining with a final price of 33,150 SEK.

“Personal interior design is a strong trend. Our customers have very good taste and we see a great demand for unique items that stand out, such as the rare dining table "Eros" by Angelo Mangiarotti in Carrara marble. Even more exciting is the fact that Jonas Bohlin's concrete chair reached a new record price and that contemporary Swedish designers such as Åsa Jungnelius and Hanna Hansdotter are so attractive at auctions,” says Jonatan Jahn, Specialist Design and 20th-21st Century Works of Art.

Highlights Design


Highlights photography

100. Jacob Felländer, "The 57th Street Plan", 2013.
Hammer price 
120 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
136. David LaChapelle, "Negative Currency, 5 Yuan used as Negative", 2010.
Hammer price 
220 000 SEK
Estimate 
225 000 - 250 000 SEK
140. Mikael Jansson, "Nürburg #4", 2006.
Hammer price 
110 000 SEK
Estimate 
120 000 - 150 000 SEK
157. Nick Brandt, "Lioness with cubs under tree, Serengeti, 2004".
Hammer price 
130 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
160. Blaise Reutersward, "DL1217", 2015.
Hammer price 
166 000 SEK
Estimate 
80 000 - 100 000 SEK
200. Ulf Rollof, "RGB Navy Blue, Lavender, Dark Purple".
Hammer price 
165 000 SEK
Estimate 
125 000 - 150 000 SEK


Highlights Contemporary Art & Prints

202. Martin Wickström, "Stranded".
Hammer price 
200 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK
212. Karin Broos, "Fönstret III".
Hammer price 
260 000 SEK
Estimate 
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
218. Ola Billgren, "Antikstudie".
Hammer price 
200 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 225 000 SEK
221. Ola Billgren, "Sagan (Snövit)".
Hammer price 
180 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK
233. Jockum Nordström, "Bad Day".
Hammer price 
330 000 SEK
Estimate 
175 000 - 200 000 SEK
251. Per Kirkeby, "Ghosts".
Hammer price 
820 000 SEK
Estimate 
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
253. Ola Billgren, "Män vid havet".
Hammer price 
350 000 SEK
Estimate 
400 000 - 500 000 SEK
295. John Chamberlain, "Le First".
Hammer price 
1 600 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 600 000 - 1 800 000 SEK
332. Banksy, "Christ with Shopping Bags".
Hammer price 
480 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK
335. Jean-Michel Basquiat After, "Per Capita".
Hammer price 
500 000 SEK
Estimate 
450 000 - 500 000 SEK
367. Andy Warhol, "Moonwalk".
Hammer price 
1 650 000 SEK
Estimate 
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
368. Andy Warhol, "Mao".
Hammer price 
370 000 SEK
Estimate 
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
369. Andy Warhol, "Mao".
Hammer price 
420 000 SEK
Estimate 
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
370. Andy Warhol, "Three portraits of Ingrid Bergman by Andy Warhol".
Hammer price 
720 000 SEK
Estimate 
700 000 - 800 000 SEK


Consignment and valuation

Consignments are now under way for our upcoming auctions. Welcome to contact us today.

Andreas Rydén
Stockholm
Andreas Rydén
Head Specialist, Art, Deputy Managing Director
+46 (0)728 58 71 39
Björn Extergren
Stockholm
Björn Extergren
Head of Consignment & Sales Department, Fineart. Specialist Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)8 32 63 29
Karin Aringer
Stockholm
Karin Aringer
Specialist Photography, Contemporary Art,
+46 (0)8 614 08 57
Cecilia Berggren
Stockholm
Cecilia Berggren
Specialist Classic Art, Prints 19th/20th Century
+46 (0)8 611 69 32
Marcus Kinge
Stockholm
Marcus Kinge
Specialist Art
+46 (0) 739 400 827
Anette Granlund
Stockholm
Anette Granlund
Head Specialist Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Works of Art
+46 (0)8 614 08 12
Camilla Behrer
Stockholm
Camilla Behrer
Specialist Design and 20th Century Works of Art
+46 (0)8 614 08 19
Eva Seeman
Stockholm
Eva Seeman
Head Specialist Design and 20th-21st C Works of Art
+46 (0)8 614 08 31
Jonatan  Jahn
Stockholm
Jonatan Jahn
Specialist Design and 20th-21st Century Works of Art
+46 (0)703 92 88 60