(Butin 123), 2003
color screenprint in forty-one colors on light ivory, heavy rag paper with deckled edges
39 3/4 x 31 7/8 inches: plate
44 x 35 inches: paper
49 1/2 x 41 inches: frame
Edition of 108, with 18 Artist's Proofs
Signed and dated in pencil "Richter 2003" lower right recto
Numbered in pencil
With the publisher's blindstamp lower right
Printed by Brand X Editions, New York
Published by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York
Hubertus Butin, Stefan Gronert, Gerhard Richter Editions 1965-2004, Hatje Cantz Publishers, Germany, 2004, Catalogue Reference 123, another impression reproduced page 273 in color.
Gerhard Richter Continues to Smash Auction Records
Gerhard Richter Eis 2 was created after a similar painting in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. Eis 2 is a stunning, large screenprint on paper from the Artist's Abstraktes Bild series that is so skillfully executed that work resembles a unique work on paper rather than a screenprint.
A Gerhard Richter painting owned by Eric Clapton sold for a record ₤21.3 million at Sotheby's London, or $34.2 million, over 30 times what Clapton paid for the Work in 2001.
The 1994 Gerhard Richter "Abstraktes Bild (809-4)” was sold by Sotheby’s London for its “Frieze Week” auction of contemporary artworks with an estimate of ₤9 - ₤12 million.
The buyer was Sotheby's Natasha Mendelsohn, acting on behalf of unidentified phone bidder. She was underbid by Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s worldwide head of contemporary art, also taking instructions from a second phone bidder.
Outrageously, the Gerhard Richter panel was originally sold by Sotheby's in 2001 as a triptych, this being one of the panels. Mr. Clapton has sold the two remaining panels separately!