Yayoi Kusama Editions Snap Up World Auction Record

Beating the lots of Warhol, Basquiat, Hirst, and more.

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A portfolio of sought-after Yayoi Kusama editions fetched for thousands of dollars at Phillips London’s recent Evening & Day Editions online sale this January 24. The archival print series entitled Amour pour Toujour was made by the iconic Japanese artist back in 2000. Following a battle between online bidders, a private buyer purchased the works for $260,980 USD — a world auction record and a price achieved that soared above its initial estimate of approximately $68,416 USD.

Kusama’s editions were among notable lots in the sale, including prints from David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. “The outstanding result of the night was the Kusama portfolio, fought for by ten online and ten telephone bidders,” said Phillips. “Great prices were achieved for Hockney, Hirst, and Warhol too. These fantastic results mark the strength of the Editions market.”

Elsewhere in art, Harlem-born artist Melvin “Grave” Guzman recently launched his second solo exhibition at ABXY Gallery dubbed “Détourned.”

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