Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale to Debut Ai Weiwei’s ‘Sunflower Seeds’ at Auction

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LONDON.- In the wake of Sotheby’s third most successful year ever (2010) for sales of Contemporary Art, the company presents its forthcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction, which will take place on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. The sale will feature major pieces by established Post-War and Contemporary artists as well as cutting-edge works of art and installations by the younger generation of artists practising today, including: Lucio Fontana, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Frank Auerbach, Juan Muñoz, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, Chris Ofili, Ged Quinn and Ai Weiwei. The Evening Auction is estimated to realise in excess of £30* million, bringing the total value of Contemporary Art to be offered by Sotheby’s this February to more than £56 million**. Commenting on the forthcoming sales, Cheyenne Westphal, Sotheby’s Chairman of Contemporary Art Europe, said: “2010 was an extremely healthy y