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‘Muhammad Ali’s Fist,’ 1966, a knockout at $7,775

The photograph "Muhammad Ali's Fist", taken by Thomas Höpker in 1966, realized $7,775 during Auctionata's June 18 auction.
Muhammad Ali's fist

Thomas Hopker, Muhammad Ali’s Fist, circa 1966, $7,775. (Both photos courtesy Auctionata)

Auctionata has set a new auction record for a sold work by the artist Alfredo Jaar during the “Circle of Life” auction June 18.

Bidding for the lightbox installation The Silence (1987) started at €8,000 ($9,047) until it was eventually sold for €75,000 ($81,818). All prices inclusive of buyer’s premium.

Alfredo Jaar (b. 1956) works especially in the field of installation, dealing with political issues such as immigration and genocide. He also examines the influence of media and his own role as a producer of images. Jaar has repeatedly exhibited at the Documenta in Kassel, as well as at the Venice Biennial.

The online auction was presented in cooperation with the Teutloff Photo + Video Collection and dealt with the representation of the human body in contemporary photography. It was co-hosted by the photography expert and publicist Prof. Klaus Honnef.

Other notable results in the sale were:

• Wolfgang Tillmans, Tube Lines, four-color prints, 2000/01 (€23,750; $26,859)
• Jack Pierson, Self-Portrait #25, Pigment Print in Colors, 2005 (€18,750; $21,204)
• Peter Hujar, David Britzenhofe Applying Make-Up (II) (€13,750; $15,550)
• Thomas Höpker, Muhammad Ali’s Fist, 1966 (€6,875; $7,775).

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