The billionaire collector and philanthropist Eli Broad has turned out to be the buyer of Mark Bradford‘s monumental painting Helter Skelter I (2007), which set a record at Phillips last week in London when it sold for £8.7 million ($12 million). The work is now headed to The Broad Museum in Los Angeles.
Former tennis star John McEnroe consigned the work to Phillips with a guarantee and a lofty £6 million to £8 million estimate, which ensured the result would set a new auction record for the artist. “This is an astonishing work by one of the greatest artists of our time—and we are honored to have played a role in securing a wonderful new home for this masterpiece,” said Jean-Paul Engelen, co-head of 20th century and contemporary art at Phillips, in a statement.
The Broad also announced it had bought another, more recent Bradford work, titled I heard you got arrested today (2018), which is currently part of an exhibition of his new work on view now at Hauser & Wirth in downtown Los Angeles (through May 20).
The Broad recently announced additional acquisitions including Longing for Eternity (2017) by Yayoi Kusama, which will become the museum’s second infinity room by the artist. It will debut to the public tomorrow, March 17. The museum also added to its collection a painting by Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (2017), its first by the artist, and a major 60-part photographic work by Sherrie Levine, After Russell Lee 1–60 (2016), as well as other pieces by Sam Francis, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Sharon Lockhart, Robert Longo, Julie Mehretu, Lari Pittman, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Jonas Wood.
Bradford’s market is clearly heating up—further boosted by last year’s well received presentation at the Venice Biennale—though demand for his work has been intense for several years now