News-Antique.com - Nov 10,2010 - Photo: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
oil and magna on canvas, painted in 1964.
Price realized: $42.6 million
*NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST*
New York — Christie’s made history on November 10 selling a Pop Art masterpiece from Roy Lichtenstein at its major Evening Sale of Post-War & Contemporary. The highly-anticipated masterpiece Ohhh...Alright... 1964 by Roy Lichtenstein realized $42,642,500 (£26,438,350/ €31,129,025), establishing a new world auction record for the artist. The work sold to an anonymous bidder on the phone. The previous record for a work by Lichtenstein was $16,256,000, achieved for In the Car, 1963, at Christie’s New York in November 2005.
Ohhh...Alright... characterizes the Lichtenstein’s captivation and inspiration with techniques of commercial printing and reproduction articulated in his signature Ben-Day dots. As with all of Lichtenstein’s iconic images, Ohhh...Alright... is at once striking and subtly and humorous. The stunning blue-eyed, flame-haired beauty forms part of the iconic cast of dream-girls painted between 1961-1965 that saw Lichtenstein attain international prominence as one of America's most exciting and controversial artists.
Complete auction results will be announced at the close of the sale this evening.
Christie’s, the world's leading art business had global auction and private sales in 2009 that totaled
£2.1 billion/$3.3 billion. For the first half of 2010, art sales totaled £1.7 billion/$2.57 billion.
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 450 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 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world
including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More
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.
*Estimates do not include buyer's premium
# # #