Everyone loves the thrill of an auction, but hacking your way across to the world’s leading auction houses in London, New York, or Tokyo isn’t always possible. To answer this, Christie’s 100 is an online-only sale of works by emerging and established artists designed to appeal to a wide range of collectors… and you could end up snagging a bargain for as little as $100 (but, to be honest, this was always unlikely).
Assembled by the New York Post-War and Contemporary Art department, the sale includes works by Yayoi Kusama, KAWS and Robert Indiana, alongside eye-catching photographs by Ryan McGinley and Vik Muniz, and charming works on paper by Yves Tinguely, Barnaby Furnas and Richard Pettibone.
Bidding for most of the works in the sale started at $100, including Vera Lutter’s Frankfurt Airport VII: April 24, 2001 (shown above). The estimated value of this unique work, which was executed in 2001, is $20,000-30,000, but if your opening bid had proved to be the only bid, the work could have been yours for $100 (plus buyer’s commission). The current bid (with two days remaining) is $11,000… a bargain for one lucky buyer if they get to snap it up for that price.
‘We settled on the “100” model to keep the sale tightly curated and so that no starting bid would be beyond striking distance for the fullest spectrum of bidders,’ explains specialist Noah Davis. ‘Establishing this new level of inclusivity means collecting contemporary art has never been easier.’
Bidding concludes at the end of Wednesday 5 February.
Browse our own hit-list here, then head over to Christie’s to view the full auction listing