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Strong market for contemporary art and design


Sculptures by Antony Gormley, Olafur Eliasson and Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg among the highlights.


This spring's contemporary auction Contemporary Art & Design offered art, prints, photography and sought-after design objects. International artists such as Antony Gormley, Olafur Eliasson, Yayoi Kusama, Donald Baechler, Banksy and Andy Warhol were represented among the highlights along with Swedish Dan Wolgers and Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg.


– It's exciting that the sculpture department represented the auction's top lots exceeding three million SEK with works by Antony Gormley, Olafur Eliasson and the famous artist duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg. Female Swedish artists also stood out, with Linn Fernström and Lena Cronqvist in the lead. One of my personal favourites is Yayoi Kusama's delicate work The Woman which was sold at an excellent final price. She created the artwork in 1953 when she was only 24 years old, says Louise Wrede, Specialist Contemporary Art.
– Unique for this spring's auction was some exquisite David Hockney prints. Characterised by his characteristic light and sensitive expression, they were some of the auction's absolute highlights. The two works Contrejour in the French Style and Two vases in the Louvre are what collectors are asking for right now, which the fantastic final prices are proof of, says Marcus Kinge, Specialist Prints, as a comment on the high final prices of the works that ended on 951 356 SEK respectively 700 356 SEK.
Well-known motifs by international names such as Terry O'Neill, Nick Brandt and Peter Beard were hammered high above estimate. However, it was Dan Wolger's iconic postmodern work Här slutar allmän väg that became the auction's most expensive photograph with a final price of 586 500 SEK.


Verstraeten & Montironi's company AP Collection was founded in 2015 to create art furniture based on the 50s and 60s models from the company Artifort. They redesigned the objects with different types of stuffed animals and furs and had them produced in small limited editions. Miss Flamingo quickly sold out at the producer and is therefore highly sought after in the auction market.
– The greatest surprise of the design department was the Miss Flamingo armchair ending up with a final price of SEK 460'000, an international record for the design duo Alexis Verstraeten & Pauline Montironi. The armchair made in 2017 can be seen as the design world's pop-art interpretation. AP Collection, Brussels had it produced in a limited edition of 30 +3 copies, says Jonatan Jahn, Specialist Design and 20th-21st Century Works of Art.



– We also see an increased interest in craftsmanship and contemporary design made out of traditional materials such as glass and ceramics. These designers have been significant to our contemporary design scene and made people starting to value arts of craft as art objects, Jonatan Jahn continues.

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From left; David Hockney, 'Contrejour in the French Style'. Alexis Verstraeten & Pauline Montironi, 'Miss Flamingo'. Terry O'Neill, 'Faye Dunaway, Hollywood, 1977'


Highlights Art


256. Karin Broos, "Spegling 3".
Hammer price 
390 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 300 000 SEK
267. Linn Fernström, "Balloon Girl".
Hammer price 
580 000 SEK
Estimate 
500 000 - 600 000 SEK
291. Heikki Marila, "Flowers II".
Hammer price 
280 000 SEK
Estimate 
150 000 - 200 000 SEK
313. Lena Cronqvist, "Flickor och katt".
Hammer price 
250 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 125 000 SEK
373. Yayoi Kusama, "The Woman".
Hammer price 
660 000 SEK
Estimate 
500 000 - 600 000 SEK
379. Antony Gormley, "STATION XIII".
Hammer price 
3 700 000 SEK
Estimate 
3 500 000 - 4 000 000 SEK
388. Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, "Whale in Armchair" from "Worship".
Hammer price 
1 900 000 SEK
Estimate 
600 000 - 800 000 SEK
401. Olafur Eliasson, "Your blue expectations".
Hammer price 
1 450 000 SEK
Estimate 
1 200 000 - 1 500 000 SEK


Highlights Prints


423A. Banksy, "Napalm".
Hammer price 
300 000 SEK
Estimate 
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
433. Günter Förg, "Linien I".
Hammer price 
210 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 125 000 SEK
439. David Hockney, "Contrejour in the French Style".
Hammer price 
750 000 SEK
Estimate 
150 000 - 175 000 SEK
440. David Hockney, "Two vases in the Louvre".
Hammer price 
550 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK
450. Andy Warhol, "The Nun", from; "Three portraits of Ingrid Bergman".
Hammer price 
320 000 SEK
Estimate 
250 000 - 300 000 SEK
451. Andy Warhol, "Mao".
Hammer price 
330 000 SEK
Estimate 
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
452. Andy Warhol, "Indian Head Nickel", from: "Cowboys & Indians".
Hammer price 
400 000 SEK
Estimate 
400 000 - 500 000 SEK
454. Christopher Wool, "Black Book".
Hammer price 
250 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 250 000 SEK


Highlights Photography


148. Terry O'Neill, "Faye Dunaway, Hollywood, 1977".
Hammer price 
280 000 SEK
Estimate 
125 000 - 150 000 SEK
150. Nick Brandt, "Elephant Against Sky, Amboseli 2011".
Hammer price 
205 000 SEK
Estimate 
150 000 - 175 000 SEK
158. Luis Gispert, "Knight Rider", 2008.
Hammer price 
155 000 SEK
Estimate 
100 000 - 150 000 SEK
180. Dan Wolgers, "Här slutar allmän väg V", 1995.
Hammer price 
460 000 SEK
Estimate 
500 000 - 600 000 SEK
186. David LaChapelle, "Negative Currency, 1 Yuan used as Negative", 2010.
Hammer price 
210 000 SEK
Estimate 
200 000 - 225 000 SEK


Highlights Design



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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, Fine Art Stockholm. Specialist Antique Furniture, Decorative Arts and Asian Ceramics
+46 (0)706 40 28 61
Louise Wrede
Stockholm
Louise Wrede
Specialist Contemporary Art
+46 (0)739 40 08 19
Karin Aringer
Stockholm
Karin Aringer
Specialist Photography, Contemporary Art
+46 (0)702 63 70 57
Jonatan  Jahn
Stockholm
Jonatan Jahn
Specialist Design and 20th-21st Century Works of Art
+46 (0)703 92 88 60
Anette Granlund
Stockholm
Anette Granlund
Head Specialist Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Works of Art
+46 (0)708 92 19 92