highest total for a work by the artist. Tom Wesselmann’s, Smoker #9, 1973 (estimate: $4-6 million) totaled $6,761,000 - a world auction record for the artist.
Additional world auction records were established for Prince’s Man Crazy Nurse #2 (estimate: $6-8 million), which sold for $7,433,000 Barnett Newman’s Untitled, which achieved $5,193,000 and Indiana’s USA 666, The 6th American Dream, which totaled $1,833,000.
The night’s proceedings also included the Christie’s Realty International, Inc. sale of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House. Along with Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Neutra’s Kaufmann House is one of the most important examples of modernist residential architecture in the Americas and remains singular as the most important example of mid-century modernist architecture in the Americas to remain in private hands. It sold for $16,841,000 – and the buyer exercised an option to buy the orchard, taking the total for the house to $19,025,000.
The sales will continue tomorrow with the Morning and Afternoon Sessions of Post-War and Contemporary Art.
Christie’s is the world's leading art business with global auction sales in 2007 that totaled £3.1 billion/$6.3 billion. This marks the highest total in company and in art auction history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 600 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie’s has 85 offices in 43 countries and 14 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Dubai and Hong Kong. Most recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.