The sale confirmed predictions that the painting’s unconventional backstory would only increase its value.
A group of 24 lots in Swann Galleries’s record-breaking sale were offered to benefit the Brandywine Workshop and Archives in Philadelphia.
Originally, almost 500 copies were printed; now only 11 are known to still exist.
The Mexican Secretary of Culture wrote to the Munich-based dealer in an attempt to stop the auction of 74 artifacts.
The work is from Bowie’s Dead Heads series, which includes portraits of his friends, family members, and bandmates.
The withdrawal prompted negotiations for the potential repatriation of the Coptic Bible and horn beakers.
The top lot in Bonhams’ Fine Books & Manuscripts sale was an artist’s cat book by Warhol, which sold for $106,562.
The sale at Boston’s RR Auction includes ephemera of all sorts linked to presidents from George Washington to Joe Biden.
For the past 13 years, Swann has been the only major auction house with a department dedicated to African American art, setting auction records for artists such as Sam Gilliam, Faith Ringgold, and Charles White.
May we all be as merry as that boozy child.
The decision comes only hours before the Sotheby’s contemporary art auction this evening in which two of the works were slated to go under the hammer.
A petitioner has abandoned claims filed with the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education challenging the sale of Jackson Pollock’s “Red Composition,” which realized $13 million.