“New Now” Sale at Phillips Totals $6.4 Million, Led by Eight Works by KAWS


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Takeaways:

  • The sale was marked by sales of eight works by KAWS, the graffiti artist-turned-sculptor who has become a global art sensation—he has 1.4 million followers on Instagram, more than Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips combined. An untitled painting from 2014 sold for $200,000, over a high estimate of $150,000.
  • The “New Now” sale serves as a showcase for younger artists making their auction debuts or setting new high marks. The opening lot was the first appearance at auction for a work by the artist Borna Sammak, who shows at revered galleries such as New York’s JTT and London’s Sadie Coles HQ, and new auction records were set for Emily Mae Smith, Beverly Pepper, and the Cuban artists Belkis Ayón and Yoan Capote.
  • It was also an opportunity for new collectors to try out buying at auction at an approachable price point. A Christian Holstad work sold for $625, and a photo composition by Robert Melee sold for $313.

#2

The #Kawshypetrain won’t stop any time soon.


#3

Wonder if he will ever reach Banky level auction prices…


#4

That has already happened!


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Same piece, #3/3, 4 years apart.


#6

That is crazy! Thanks for sharing.