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International-Art Basel: First day sales freshly squeezed for you

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The first day of art sales in occasion of the 42nd edition of Art Basel brought about many news and opportunities  for collectors: nine art pieces have paved the way on this dazzling 42nd edition of the Swiss fair. Three renown art galleries hold the guinness, them being respectively Sprüth Magers from Berlin & London, Hauser and Wirth located in both Zurich and London  and the British gallery White Cube.

Sprüth Magers put up a show bu selling to European Collectors 
George Condo's 
Delineated Forms, (2011)
 for USD 450,000 followed by 
Sterling Ruby's 
SP166 (2011) for USD 145,000
 American collectors were fascinated by J
ohn Baldessari's (who by the way is also celebrating his 80th birthday in Basel) 
Marilyn Monroe (Avedon): Partially Erased (5/8" Relief), 2007, a t
hree dimensional archival print monted on Sintra with acrylic paint and arrow which was sold
 for USD 250,000;
 the emerging artist 
Louise Lawler, with her 
Light and Dark, (2010/2011) sold 
for USD 30,000.The same artwork displayed at Art Unlimited sold for USD 150,000 equally to an American collector.

Hauser & Wirth gallery, instead, sold an art piece that caused quite a stir, it's Ron Mueck'sYouth, (2009) for GBP 450,000 to a European collector.
The most impressive sale, however, was made by Paul McCarthy's art piece: the three editions of White Snow DWARF 7, (2010/2011) went on sale for USD 2,750,000 each to European & American collectors.
 
One artwork was sold to a European Museum: White Cube has completed the sale of Mark Bradford's He Barked Just Like a Watchdog, (2011)
for USD 400,000 to a European Museum.
On a smaller scale the sale of Cerith Wyn Evans In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni, (2008) also needs to be underlined; its purchaser corresponded a sum of GBP 75,000.


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