A number of works by the certifiably hot young artist Oscar Murillo came up at the Frieze auctions in London this week and they all sold like gangbusters, totaling together over $1 million in sales.
Things started with a bang at Phillips on Wednesday, where an untitled work from last year went for $347,542, near to his auction record of $401,000, over a high estimate of $95,000.
Then it was on to Sotheby’s evening sale Thursday, where Champagne (2011) sold for $343,517 USD. That piece was estimated to sell for $65,000 to $97,000.
Today, another untitled piece from 2012 sold at the Christie’s evening sale for $243,848, over a high estimate of $47,000. Even a piece in the Phillips day sale, which usually features lower-end works, sold for $217,426 (though that piece did have a similar estimate, $32,000 to $48,000).
The success feels appropriate in that Mr. Murillo is based in London. The sudden booming demand for his work first made itself known in London this past June, when a piece at Christie’s exceeded its high estimate by a factor of eight.
(All auction research courtesy of Artnet.)
Correction, 10/22 An earlier version of this post misstated the Mr. Murillo’s auction record.