Christie's New York Post-War and Contemporary Art Week of Sales total $153 million Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art totaled $114 million, with 68% sold by lot. New world auction records were set for six artists
$3,666,500, and a masterful work on paper by Tom Wesselmann, Study for Great American Nude, 1961 which fetched $986,500 and set an auction record for a work on paper by the artist.
Jeff Koons was represented by Buster Keaton of 1988, which sold for $4,338,500 and demonstrated the continuation of Koons’s Duchampian legacy. The work depicts the silent film icon after which it was named.
The sale drew additional world auction records for Robert Irwin Untitled, painted in 1963-1964 ($1,058500), and Paul McCarthy, Michael Jackson Fucked Up (Big Head) ($2,210,500).
Note: Christie’s also achieved $7,276,500 for Post-War and Contemporary works sold as part of last week’s sales from The Collection of Alice Lawrence.
Tomorrow’s auctions continue with the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sales.
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