felix-gonzalez-torresThe first night of Phillips de Pury’s contemporary art auction saw modest sales and nothing like Sotheby’s $39 million haul for Andy Warhol’s cash print. With the pop master’s soap box selling for $842k and Dash Snow’s Polaroid prints going for $50k, most sales fell within pre-auction estimates.

One exception was an untitled work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. The pentaptych print of birds, so faint the frame appear empty, sold for $542,500, more than double its low-end estimate.