Eye-watering auction expectations for contemporary prints.

by The REJIGIT Blog

Andy Warhol   “Sunset”    1972      Estimate: US$40,000 – US$50,000

Screen print in unique colour variant on woven paper

34” x 34” (86.36 cm x 86.36 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on the reverse.    Edition 20/470

May 2017

No matter what the perceived intrinsic values of the originals of these works might be, this auction house’s price expectations are difficult to get one’s head around. More so considering that the listed entries are but one in a series of prints in each case and in some cases prints from one of a series of similar original works. The prints are listed on a German owned art market auction website based in New York. 

Rejigit enthusiastically encourages artistic pursuit of every description however this end of the market looks farcical. These auction offerings give new meaning to the adage "a means of printing money". 

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. Andy Warhol


Bridget Riley   “June”     1992–2002     Estimate: US$20,000 – US$25,000

Screen print in colours on woven paper

31.5” x 45” (80.01 cm x 114.3 cm)

Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil.    Edition 8/75.

Jeff Koons    “Monkey Train” (Dots)       2007      Estimate: US$25,000 – US$35,000

Archival pigment print with screen print in colours on Somerset paper

28.25” x 22” (71.76 cm x 55.88 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered in pencil.    Edition of 40 (plus 10 APs & 5 PPs).

Jonas Wood    “Untitled”      2014      Estimate: US$8,000 – US$12,000

Lithograph and screen print in colours on woven paper

48” x 37” (121.92 cm x 93.98 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered in pencil

PP 3 (printer's proof) aside from edition of 50 Cirrus Editions.

Damien Hirst    “Your Taste (from The Wonder of You)”    2015      Estimate: US$9,000 – US$12,000

Polymer-gravure etching with lithographic overlay on woven paper

36.22” x 26.38” (92 cm x 67 cm)

Signed lower right and numbered on the reverse.     Edition 11/55.