Paddle 8: ‘Here|Now’ Auction

Only 3 days to go for this online Contemporary Art Auction featuring Yayoi Kusama, Tracey Emin and Banksy!


‘Di-Faced Tenner Note’ (£10), 2004, by street artist Banksy.  Paddle 8 ‘Here|Now’ auction, Lot 81, starting bid $1,500.

With prints, sculptures, photography and even toys, this Contemporary Art Auction by online auctioneers Paddle 8 features some stunning pieces by great names.  Closing at 1pm (ET) on 13th July, lots will end in a staggered finish, 1 minute at a time.

From Damien Hirst’s ‘For the love of God’ Skull piece, to Tracey Emin’s ‘Small Bird Sculpture’; from Mr Brainwash’s ‘Fame Kate Moss (Purple)‘ to Massimo Vitali’s 50s-inspired ‘Malcesine Sail’ – the lots are eclectic, inspiring and bold.  There are even toys by sculptor KAWS*…

With starting bids ranging from $400 to $4,000, there is something for the beginner art collector to the more established art fancier.


‘My Heart Is Always With You (Red)’ by Tracey Emin.  (Embroidered linen napkin).  Paddle 8 ‘Here|Now’ auction, Lot 40, starting bid $1,500.

According to the site, Paddle 8 is ‘the auction house for the 21st-Century collector’.  Their auction inventories are always of high-calibre – as Art Today has previously reported.  The auction house was launched 6 years ago by Alexander Gilkes (LVMH veteran and Chief Auctioneer at Phillips), Aditya Julka (Entrepreneur and Harvard MBA), Osman Khan (Investment Banker and Harvard MBA) and founding team Andrea Hill (Curator), and Hikari Yokoyama (Deitch Projects alumna).

In more recent times, Paddle 8 has grown from strength to strength.  The thoroughly-modern company now services an audience of discerning collectors from more than 90 countries from offices in New York, London, and Los Angeles. Art, collectibles and technology wunderkinds combine their expertise in an appealing display of fast-moving dynamism,  melding the art world with modern technology in their prestigious, virtual auction.

If it sounds rather complex, the website soon proves you wrong.  Their ‘How It Works’ page details the buying process in 5 easy steps, with helpful screen shots along the way.  You can even become a member, joining up for news on upcoming auctions so that you don’t miss out!

Other upcoming auctions at Paddle 8 include:-

  1. ‘Full Metal Jacket’Matthew Modine’s behind-the-scenes photographs of Stanley Kubrick’s wartime masterpiece movie.  (Proceeds benefitting the Purple Heart Foundation).  Closes Jul 24th.
  2. ‘LongHouse Reserve’ – proceeds from the auction will benefit a non-profit organization founded by Jack Lenor Larsen that exemplifies living with art in all its forms.  This season, LongHouse celebrates its founder’s 90th birth-year and honours Alexandra Munroe and Cai Guo-Qiang.  Closes Jul 22nd.
  3. ‘Art for the Cinema’ – supports the Sag Harbor Partnership in rebuilding the Sag Harbor Cinema, New York. It will be rebuilt in its previous Art Deco style, and a new non-profit, ‘will continue to offer the indie and unusual fare for which it was known, expanding its role to become part of the educational fabric of the East End and offering programming year-round to people of all ages…’.

* KAWS is currently exhibiting at the Frieze Sculpture Festival 2017 in Regent’s Park, London.  Otherwise known as Brian Donnelly, the pop artist and designer’s works are much sought-after by Paddle 8 buyers.

[Credits:; feature photo shows ‘Pumpkins (Set of two)’ by Yayoi Kusama, Lot 80, starting price $1,500 (already met)]