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The Old World Goes Pop At Phillips

London’s most distinguished auction house Phillips for 20th and 21st century art and design is breaking new ground in 2021 with the announcement of the Evening & Day Editions auctions in London on January 21st. 

An unexpected pairing of Albrecht Dürer, Knight, Death and the Devil & Gerhard Richter, Flow

As one of the first important auction of the year, Phillips is securing the start of an exciting new narrative for the auction house which will contrast Pop, Modern and Contemporary editions with pieces from key periods of art history. 

Roy Lichtenstein – Reverie

Without a doubt this will be a unique opportunity for serious and casual buyers to secure key pieces for their collections, whether it be to dress up the chalet in Gstaad or  adorn the summer villa in Cap Martin. 

Regardless of the work’s end destinations, the auction offers a great start to the collecting season – and an excuse to congregate in person with fellow art lovers (and a glass of Taittinger Champagne) after an unusually dry / Miami-centric 2020 (link to Miami).

This first Philips auction will be composed of 272 lots in total, including exceptional examples of contemporary, modern and pop art alongside iconic classic works such as an engraving by  Albrecht Dürer (the 1513, Knight, Death and the Devil). 

Andy Warhol – Queen Elizabeth II Royal Edition

On the exceptional opportunity this presents, Rebecca Tooby-Desmond, Head of Sale and Auctioneer, commented, “We are delighted to start a new year with our Editions auctions. Highlighting key moments from the history of Western printmaking, our sales present fresh-to-market works from a distinguished collection, with the rare inclusion of Albrecht Dürer alongside familiar modern and contemporary giants. A celebration of innovation through the ages, and with incredible variety, our auctions offer exciting opportunities to start or develop a rich collection, with the best examples from each period, curated side by side.”

Representing the Pop Art movement will be emblematic German Roy Lichtenstein with his 1965 Reverie, an iconic screen print, as well as two other prints (this time covered in diamond dust) by the ‘King of Pop Art’ Andy Warhol including the Reigning Queens (Queen Elizabeth II Royal Edition 1985) and Mickey Mouse, from Myths, 1981.

Jasper Johns – Flag I

Other modern classics will be on offer from Jasper Johns (Flag I lithograph), Donald Judd (Untitled), David Hockney (1980s Pool made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book, from Paper Pools, through to his iPad illustrations of Yosemite), Allen Jones (and his 1966 portfolio A New Perspective on Floors), Miró, Picasso, Duchamp, Doig, Rivera, through to Grayson Perry (Map of an Englishman).

David Hockney – Pool made with Paper and Blue Ink for Book, from Paper Pools

Overall Phillips will be presenting exceptional examples of woodcutting, screen printing, hand-colouring and print making through the ages all offered from the collections of “significant London collectors”.

The Day sale will take place at 12pm GMT on Thursday 21 January with the Evening sale following at 6pm, GMT.


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