Top sales for Mamma Andersson and world records for Lars Lerin & Ulla Wiggen at Contemporary Art & Design
Bukowskis Contemporary Art & Design auction achieved high final prices and lots exceeding one million SEK for works by Swedish and international artists such as Mamma Andersson, Ola Billgren, Rolf Hanson, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, and Keith Haring. The auction resulted in two new world records – Ulla Wiggen’s work” Sändare” and Lars Lerin’s work” Hemtrakter”. Jonas Bohlin’s iconic” Concrete” armchair presented the design department’s highest final price.
The highly anticipated work ”Sändare” by Ulla Wiggen exceeded expectations, resulting in the auction’s first world record when it sold for SEK 676,000 (previous record SEK 82,875, 2017). The auction’s second world record was for Lars Lerin’s work “Hemtrakter”, which sold for SEK 805,000 (previous record SEK 688,500, 2021).
Bukowskis presented lots exceeding one million SEK for works by Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Rolf Hanson’s” Runtom Trappa”, Ola Billgren’s” Målning”, and for the internationally renowned artist Mamma Andersson with the works” Runda Bordet” and” Objekt”, the latter of which was sold for SEK 2.8 million and thus ended up as the most expensive work of the auction.
– We are delighted that Bukowskis achieved new world records for Ulla Wiggen and Lars Lerin. Interest in Swedish contemporary art is in high demand. Other appreciated artists were Lena Cronqvist, Stephan Balkenhol, Eva Hild, Xavier Veilhan, Andreas Eriksson, and Paul Fägerskiöld, all of whom achieved high final prices. It was an exciting auction, and to see the intense bidding in the saleroom, says Louise Wrede, Specialist in Contemporary Art.
The photography department included a wide range of works from international names such as Cindy Sherman, Terry O’Neill, Anton Corbijn, David La Chapelle, and Tracey Moffart, which all went for high prices. The two images by Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita, currently exhibiting at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, also had several bidders.
– We continue to see a high demand for photography at Bukowskis. The atmospheric images by Swedish photographers such as Nygårds Karin Bengtsson, Lovisa Ringborg, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, and Cooper & Gorfer were in demand. Among the classic photography in black and white, August Sander and Edouard Boubat stood out with high final prices, says Karin Aringer, Specialist in Photography and Contemporary Art.
Overall, there was a strong demand for international prints. Keith Haring’s “The Fertility Suite” became the most expensive (final price SEK 900,000), David Hockney’s work “Flowers, Apple, and Pear on Table” sold for five times its estimate (final price SEK 377,000) as did Frank Stella’s work “Shards V” (final price SEK 487,000).
– We have many passionate collectors in Sweden, but the final prices show that we also reach out to international bidders and that Swedish provenance remains attractive. Keith Haring continues to be sought-after, and we also saw high demand for works by David Hockney and Frank Stella, says Marcus Kinge, Specialist Prints.
The design department presented objects such as the ”Concrete” armchair by Jonas Bolin (selling price 325,000 SEK), several armchairs by Mats Theselius, as well as internationally sought-after objects from Eero Saarinen, Michel Ducaroy, Piero Fornasetti, Tito Agnoli, and Jan Bocan, all of which sold at high prices. Another highlight during the auction was young contemporary designers such as Gustaf Westman and Niklas Runesson and a large selection of lighting from Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Carpets by Claesson Koivisto Rune for MMF were also in demand.
– Seeing the increased interest in postmodern and contemporary design is exciting! The auction also attracted more Swedish and international customers who contributed to new record prices, says Jonatan Jahn, Head Specialist Contemporary and Modern Design.
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