Tonight, auction world records have been set for 12 artists at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary evening sale in New York. The auction brought in $495 million, making it the highest total in auction history, according to the auction house.
So, if you were wondering where a lot of the money is …
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Dustheads” (1982) raked in $48,843,750, even though the estimate was $25–35m. You may be interested to know that this work was in the recent Gagosian show in Chelsea.
Luc Tuymans’ “Rumour” (2001) scored $2,699,750 (est. $1.4–1.8m).
Jackson Pollock’s “Number 19, 1948” (1948) hit $58,363,750 after an estimate of $25–35m.
Joseph Cornell’s “Magic Soap Bubble Set” (1940) realized $4,827,750 (est. $500–700k).
Hans Hofmann’s “Beatae Memoriae” (1964) realized $4,827,750 (est. $2–3m).
Philip Guston’s “To Fellini” (1958) realized $25,883,750 (est. $8–12m).
Kenneth Noland’s “Circle” (1958) snagged $2,139,750 (est. $900k–1.2m).
Roy Lichtenstein’s “Woman with Flowered Hat” (1963) realized $56,123,750 (strangely there was no public estimate).
Julie Mehretu’s “Retopistics: A Renegade Excavation” (2001) shot past its estimate ($1.4–1.8m) to bring in $4,603,750.
Richard Serra’s “L.A. Cone” (1986) hammered in at $4,267,750 (est. $1.5-2m).
Ruth Asawa’s “Untitled” (late 1960s) realized $1,443,750 (est. $250–350k).
Piero Manzoni’s “Achrome” (1958) brought in $14,123,750 (est. $6–9m).
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