Christie’s Launches Spring 2011 Season of Post-War and Contemporary Art with First Open

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NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York announces First Open, an auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art to take place on March 10. The daring and innovative sale is robust with key works ranging from blue-chip artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg to standout auction newcomers, including Ion Birch and Michael Scoggins. First Open is geared toward both new and seasoned collectors, thus estimates for works of art in the auction range from the accessible to aspirational. Merce Cunningham’s Diptych No 6, for instance, has an estimate of $1,500-$2,000, while at the top end, Untitled, a seminal work by Rudolf Stingel has an estimate of $300,000-$500,000. First Open is expected to generate upwards of $8 million with 316 lots. The sale will be led for the first time by Sara Friedlander, who