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‘It’s an exciting time for us,’ says Henry Highley, head of Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sales. He also takes up auctioneer duties, bringing down the hammer in London, Hong Kong and New York. In 2018, the auction house had its most successful ever year.
Highley was auctioneer when Basquiat’s Flexible sold for $43 million in New York and Picasso’s La Dormeuse at £41 million in London – the house’s best ever performance, and career milestone for Highley. A self-confessed art addict, he has observed African American art becoming a focal point, with works by Mark Bradford and Stanley Whitney enjoying career-high prices.
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