Phillips de Pury Sets Seven Artist Records at ‘Under the Influence’ Sale

Will Cotton, ‘Taffy Forest,’ 2007. (Courtesy Willcotton.com)

Phillips de Pury’s Under the Influence pre-season contemporary sale made a total of $4,218,713, and set seven artist records.

The top lot was Will Cotton’s Taffy Forest, which went for a final hammer price of $272,500, setting an auction record for Mr. Cotton.

The other six records were:

Elliot Hundley, Landslide, 2003, $158,500
Richard Aldrich, Untitled, 2003, $13,750
Fiona Banner, Mirror Finn, 2006, $27,500
Mark Flood, Ceremonial Center, 2009, $15,625
Allison Schulnik, Bear, 2008, $17,500
William Pope .L, Yellow People are…, Black People are my…, Yellow People…, Green People are the white…, Green People are America… and Purple People do… (6 works), $20,000

In a statement, Corey Barr, head of sale at Phillips, said, “Under the Influence continues to serve as a barometer for the upcoming season. Given the results of today’s successful session we are looking forward to strong sales across departments in the coming months.”

Phillips de Pury Sets Seven Artist Records at ‘Under the Influence’ Sale