Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014

RCA Secret 2015 dates announced

The dates for RCA secret 2015 have now been announced.  The exhibition will be from the 12 March 2015 to 20 March 2015 and the sale will be on Saturday 21 March 2015.  Put those dates in your diary.  

Also the college have announced that for next years sale there will also be a sale on at the same time in Dubai - RCA secret Dubai.  This will be to coincide with Art Dubai.  Watch this space....

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Huge auction results for rca secret cards

Two Gerhard Richter RCA Secret cards from the 2009 show today sold at Sothebys for £42,000 and £40,000 respectively, excluding commission. 

A Peter Doig card from the 1998 sale made £30,000. 

Incredible results for something that cost £40 originally!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Sotheby's sells RCA Secret Cards by Richter and Doig



Sotheby's contemporary act auction this month will be selling two RCA secret cards from the 2009 sale by Gerhard Richter and 1 card from the 1998 sale by Peter Doig.

The 2 Richter cards were part of the 6 cards that Richter donated to the 2009 sale.  That year was the only year Richter had donated to the sale, the college had apparently been chasing him to contribute since 2007.

The estimate for these cards is £10,000 to £15,000.  A lot of money for a work which originally cost £40 but not much for a work by Richter.  Comparable pieces of similar sizes have sold for much much more than this in the last year.

The Doig card is from the 1998 sale.  This is incorrectly catalogued by Sotheby's as coming from the New York version of RCA secret.  Although there was an absolut secret sale in New York in the late 90's I'm pretty sure this card came from the London version of it.  The estimate for this is £8,000 to £12,000.  Again pretty low given that the last two doig RCA Secret cards to be sold at auction have gone for £42,000 and £16,250.


Good luck to the seller of these three cards who is a queue regular and top bloke.  Are we likely to see an auction record for an RCA Secret card.  It's possible!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

RCA secret timeline

Here it is the RCA secret timeline, as you can see I am short on information in early years, all help very gratefully received - just post a comment on this blog or tweet me @rcasecretblog

Please note this is a work in progress and I will continue to add to it as and when I get further information.

1994

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards:
Sponsor:
Notable contributors: 


First sale, the brainchild of a student at the college.

1995

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards:
Sponsor:
Notable contributors:  

1996

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards:
Sponsor:
Notable contributors:  

1997

No cards for sale: 2000
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards: £30
Sponsor: Absolut Vodka
Notable contributors:  Frank Auerbach, Anthony Gormley, Eduardo Paolozzi, George Melly, Glenn Brown, Maggi Hambling

1998

No cards for sale: 3000
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards: £30
Sponsor: Absolut Vodka
Notable contributors:  Chris Ofili, Maggi Hambling, George Melly, Alex Katz, Mary Fedden

1999















No cards for sale: 2002
Limit of cards that can be bought:
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Absolut Secret
Notable contributors:  David Bowie, Brian Eno, Zandra Rhodes, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Paula Rego, Christo, Peter Blake, Prunella Clough

2000

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 6
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors: Peter Doig, Terry Frost, Sandra Blow, Damien Hirst, David Bowi, Maggi Hambling

2001

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 6
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors:  Terry Frost. Paula Rego, Sandra Blow, Damien Hirst, Sol Lewitt, Lawrence Weiner, RB Kitaj, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Kyffin Williams, Nick Park, David Bowie, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling

2002

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought:5
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors: Damien Hirst, Sol LeWitt, Julian Opie, Sam Taylor-Wood, Giorgio Armani, Ken Loach, Keith Tyson, Patrick Caulfield, Terence Conran, Nick Park, Christo, Paul McCartney, Mary Fedden, Mimmo Paladino, Christo and Jean-Claude, Maggi Hambling

This is the first year the cards were published online at Bowieart.com

2003

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 5
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: Bowieart
Notable contributors:  Damien Hirst, Mary Fedden, Mimmo Paladino, Tracey Emin, Sandra Blow, Sol LeWitt, Terry Gilliam, Christo and Jean-Claude, Cornelia Parker, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2004

No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 5
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: None
Notable contributors:  David Hockney, Grayson Perry, Bill Viola, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Nick Park, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

No cards were published online.

2005

















No cards for sale:
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Paula Rego, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Mary Fedden, Quentin Blake, David Shrigley, Julian Opie, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2006

No cards for sale: 2300
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £35
Sponsor: None (originally collector David Roberts agreed to sponsor but this fell through)
Notable contributors:  Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Mary Fedden, Quentin Blake, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

Sale day moves from a Friday rather than a Saturday with no second sale day.  First 50 Raffle introduced.

2007




















No cards for sale: 2300
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £40
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Nan Goldin, Julian Opie, Nick Park, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2008















No cards for sale: 2700
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £40
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor, David Bailey, Grayson Perry, Douglas Gordon, Nick Park, Tracey Emin, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2009














No cards for sale: 2700
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £40
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Gerhard Richter, Grayson Perry, John Baldessari, Tracey Emin, David Bailey, Mary Fedden, Maggi Hambling, Lawrence Weiner

2010













No cards for sale: 2800
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £45
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Grayson Perry, John Baldessari, Yinka Shonibare, Tracey Emin, Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Weiner, David Bailey, Maggi Hambling

2011













 No cards for sale: 2900
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £45
Sponsor:None
Notable contributors:  Grayson Perry, John Baldessari, Yinka Shonibare, Tracey Emin, Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Weiner, David Bailey, Jeremy Deller, Maggi Hambling

2012

Please note there was no sale in 2012

2013
















No cards for sale: 2700
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £45
Sponsor: Stewarts Law
Notable contributors:  Paula Rego, Julian Opie, John Baldessari, Yinka Shonibare, Lawrence Weiner, David Bailey, Orla Kiely, Maggi Hambling

Sale moved from the Gulbenkian gallery in RCA Kensington site to Dyson Building in Battersea.


2014















No cards for sale: 2900
Limit of cards that can be bought: 4
Cost of cards: £50
Sponsor:Stewarts Law (now renamed Stewarts Law RCA Secret)
Notable contributors:  Paula Rego, John Baldessari, Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Lawrence Weiner, Jeremy Deller, Jarvis Cocker, David Bailey, Maggi Hambling

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Rego card goes under the hammer






This Paula Rego card from the 2013 sale goes under the hammer next week at Christies.  Auction details here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

RCA secret timeline - help needed

Now that the dust has settled for another year on the sale I'm after your help. I'm trying to piece together a timeline of the 20 sales. I'm quite good on most things post 2000 but would be grateful for any help particularly before that time. I'm especially interested in things like

The cost of cards each particular year
Notable contributors for each year
Sponsors such as Bowieart and Absolut - when they started and stopped sponsoring the exhibition
Whether the show was always held in the Gulbenkian gallery?
How many cards were shown each year

Anything else of note.

If you think you can help please post a comment on the blog or tweet me @rcasecretblog. Many thanks in advance.