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  • Peter Doig's San Juan painting to make $9.7m in October?
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    Paul Fraser
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Peter Doig's San Juan painting to make $9.7m in October?

Peter Doig's The Heart of San Juan (1999) is the top lot of Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art auction on October 16 in London.

Doig moved from Canada to the Caribbean in the early 2000s, resulting in a major shift in his work.

Peter Doig 1999
Peter Doig is regarded as one of the best painters of his generation

The present lot, valued at £4m-6m ($6.5m-9.7m), is the first tropical landscape he ever painted. It was executed on Puerto Rico, where he took up a residency before moving to Trinidad in 2002, and displays his characteristic treatment of colour and form.

Doig's auction record was set at $11.9m earlier this year, making him one of the world's most valuable living artists. His status as one of the most distinctive painters of his generation is likely to ensure a solid market in the future.  

Jean-Michel Basquiat's Love Dub for A (1987) carries an identical estimate of £4m-6m ($6.5m-9.7m).

The lot was intended as a tribute to Andy Warhol, who became a close friend and mentor to Basquiat during his rise to stardom.

It featured in his final exhibition, before his untimely death in 1988 at the age of 28.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • Doig'sJuanPeterSan