ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Auction house Christie's previewed its big spring sale of paintings and sculptures in New York on Friday (May 3), before the works go under the hammer later this month.
Nine hundred works by renowned artists are up for sale, divided between "Impressionist and Modern Art" auctions and "Post-War and Contemporary Art" sales with an estimated total worth of $844 million (USD) according to the auction house.
Top lots in the Post-War and Contemporary Art category are all expected to sell for between $50-$70 million, and include a steel sculpture in the shape of a rabbit, titled "Rabbit," by Jeff Koons.
"When it was first shown in 1986, there was a big stir about it," said Alex Rotter, Christie's Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Art.
"The opinions would vary from like, horrible to amazing.
Kirk Varnedoe famously said, the former director of the Museum of Modern Art, said he was dumbstruck when he saw it for the first time and he called it an alien that landed, but it's spot on.
And that's what many people see in this.
It was really so out there when he did it." Also estimated in the same ballpark is a silkscreen ink and silver paint on linen "Double Elvis," painted in 1963 by Andy Warhol, and an oil and silkscreen ink on canvas "Buffalo II," painted in 1964 by Robert Rauschenberg.
Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale happens May 15.
(Production: Andrew Hofstetter, Roselle Chen)