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Paddle8 presents Contemporary Icons: From the Collection of Bibi Gritti

A single-owner sale of 74 works acquired by a Swiss collector, featuring important works by many of the most coveted artists working today

Paddle8 is honored to present Contemporary Icons: From the Collection of Bibi Gritti, a sale of 74 works from a single distinctive collection. The auction features works by some of the most sought-after artists working today, concentrating on unique paintings and sculptures by leading international artists ranging from stalwarts like Anselm Kiefer, Robert Longo, Jenny Holzer, Robert Mapplethorpe and Ai Weiwei to some of the most coveted artists to emerge in the past decade, including Sterling Ruby, Oscar Murillo, Aaron Young, Nate Lowman, and members of the Still House Group, including Isaac Brest and Brendan Lynch.

Bidding will be available at from June 2 through June 15 at The auction carries a total pre-sale estimate of $1.8 million to $2.5 million.

Contemporary Icons reflects Gritti’s deep engagement with art and artists over a collecting journey that spans two decades. A devoted arts patron, Gritti serves on the boards of Guggenheim and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and is also known for her keen eye for interiors, devising exquisitely appointed homes that mix heirloom 18th-century furnishings with industrial pieces and an astoundingly diverse private collection of contemporary art. Many of the works in Gritti’s collection were early in the artist’s career, and her tastes reflect a prescient intuition, as many of the artists—including the Still House Group and Cyprien Gaillard—went on to attract international and institutional renown. Though the selection in the auction reflects the startling diversity of Gritti’s collection, certain threads emerge: a focus on artists who engage with the political (Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer, Ai Weiwei, Cyprien Gaillard), contemporary abstraction (Aaron Young, Oscar Tuazon, Gedi Sibony), and an interest in material (Klara Liden, Adam McEwen, Walead Beshty, Erik Lindman).

With this major single-owner sale, Gritti follows in the footsteps of legendary arts patron Christophe de Menil, who divested highlights of her collection through an online auction on Paddle8 in December.

Auction highlights include:

Jenny Holzer, Enhanced Techniques White, 2010. Oil on canvas. stimate: $200,000 – $250,000.

Ai Weiwei, Watermelon, 2006. Porcelain sculpture. Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000.

Joe Bradley, Untitled, 2013. Three drawings; charcoal on paper, crayon on paper. Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000 apiece.

Klara Liden, Bierbank, 2011. Inkjet print. Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000.

Latifa Echakhch, The unbalance of steps becomes more and more undeniable, 2013. Ink on linen. Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000

Sterling Ruby, EXHM/INFINITY 1 (3135), 2011. Collage and paint on cardboard. Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000.

Walead Beshty, FedEx 10kg Box, 2012. Sculpture. Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

Christo, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, 1985. Mixed media. Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000 (two works)

Oscar Murillo, Untitled (La Era de Sinceridad), 2013. Mixed media. Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

Robert Longo, Untitled (Mars), 2005. Charcoal on paper. Estimate: $120,000 – $150,000. Pictured center.

Sam Falls, Untitled (Lattice, Topanga, CA., Walnut), 2013. Mixed media. Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000

Anselm Kiefer, Jakobs Himmlisches Blut Beneidet von Aexten – For Paul Celan, 2010. Mixed media. Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000

Gedi Sibony, Untitled, 2012. Mixed media. Estimate: $25,000 – $30,000

About Paddle8
Paddle8 is the premier collecting destination, presenting online auctions of extraordinary art, design, jewelry, watches, and collectibles. Using innovative technology, we’ve streamlined the collecting experience, combining the excitement and expertise of an auction house with efficient operational solutions and an international perspective. Founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 has over 70 employees worldwide, with teams in New York, L.A., and London. Paddle8 is funded by the investors behind Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed, Paperless Post, Warby Parker, and Bonobos, among others, as well as art-world insiders including artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling, and Matthew Mellon.

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