Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale takes place this week, the auction includes many important pieces but one of the most notable is Willem de Kooning's sculpture Clamdigger. The bronze statue was executed in 1972 in seven editions plus three artist's proofs. The piece that is about to go up for auction was part of de Kooning's personal collection and had until now remained at the entrance to his studio, where the artist himself originally placed it.

WILLEM DE KOONING. Clamdigger, 1972. Estimated at $25,000,000-$35,000,000. Christie's WILLEM DE KOONING. Clamdigger, 1972. Estimated at $25,000,000-$35,000,000. Photo via Christie's

Known for his depictions of women, this male statue is believed to be a rare self-portrait. Its size mirror that of an actual human, standing almost five feet tall, however the dimensions of his limbs and head take a primordial turn. It was the first large sculpture by the artist, who was in his 60's when he created it. It is not the only piece by de Kooning that was inspired by the clam diggers near his home in East Hampton, he also depicted them in several paintings, such as Clam Diggers (1963).

De Kooning created the piece by using very wet clay, achieving the size by mounting an armature made out of wood and metal. It was cast in bronze in 1976. The remaining editions are currently displayed in museums and institutions such as Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.

Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale will be held in November. Find all of Christie's current auctions here.

 

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