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  • THE HIGHEST TOTAL IN AUCTION HISTORY AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) Number 19, 1948, courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2013.

    Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
    Number 19, 1948, sold for $58,363,750. Image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2013.

     

    Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) - Dustheads sold for $48,843,750.  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2013.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) – Dustheads sold for $48,843,750. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2013.

    Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction in New York last night achieved ¬†$495,021,500. ¬†This is the highest total in auction history. The top lot was Number 19, 1948 by Jackson Pollock which was chased by four telephone bidders and sold for $58,363,750. It was last at auction in 1993 when it sold for $2.4 million, and had changed hands since.

    Lichtenstein’s Woman with a Flowered Hat made $56,123, 750 and Basquiat’s Dustheads made $48.8 million. All but four of the 70 lots on offer sold.

    The auction was notable for the number of bidders willing to climb above $20 million. Jussi Pylkkanen, who was the auctioneer on the evening, commented afterwards that we are in a new era in the art market.

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