In frothy times, art fair sales occur on opening day. At the new Abu Dhabi Art, the big ticket deals were consummated at the end of the week.
Here is a list of purchases confirmed by fair organizers. UPDATE: PRICES NOT CONFIRMED BY FAIR ORGANIZERS. The buyers’ identities weren’t revealed, but I assume some of these purchases were made by the government’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) which is developing the Abu Dhabi Louvre and Guggenheim Museums, as well as other collections.
De Kooning, Untitled XIII at $12m
Y.Z. Kami, Endless prayers at $75,000
Hauser and Wirth
Gerhard Richter, Abstract Bild at $6m
Calder, La Douche, $8.5m
Keith Haring, Untitled at $5m
Jason Bereswill, Study of Abu Dhabi 12 pieces at $140,000
Basquiat, Prayer at $3.9m
Rachid Khimoune, Children of the world at $2.2m
Tony Cragg, 2008, stainless steel sculpture
Philip Taaffe, Toledo, 2008, mixed media on canvas
Farhad Moshiri, 2009, Never (to a European collector)
Ramin Haerizadeh, 2009, I used to be in love with him, to Middle Eastern collector