Richard Prince’s controversial artworks based on Instagram images continued to demonstrate their popularity at the Phillips contemporary art evening auction last night.
Untitled (Portrait) 2014, sold within its estimate of £80,000 -120,000 for £98,500. At Frieze New York this May, The Art Newspaper reports, where they were for sale through Gagosian Gallery for $90,000. (c. £58,300).
The work, which measures 167 x 123.8 cm, is a characteristic example of the US artist’s series of works based on the image sharing app Instagram that have caused controversy about ownership and copyright.
It features a photograph that the artist has taken from another user’s Instagram account, blown up, and printed on a large-scale canvas. The work was featured as part of a white-glove sale (meaning all works were sold) at Phillips that totalled £31.5m (est £24.1m-£36.2m), up from £14.9m this time last year.
Read Prince’s curious response here.