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  • NEW WORLD RECORD FOR A FEMALE ARTIST

    Georgia O'Keeffe - Jimson Weed, White Flower No. I, 1932.

    Georgia O’Keeffe – Jimson Weed, White Flower No. I, 1932.

    There was a new world record price of $44.4 million dollars for a female artist in New York today. Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic flower painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, achieved a remarkable $44,405,000, more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist at Sotheby’s auction of American Art.

    Seven bidders took part in a contest that became a prolonged battle between two determined potential buyers.  They drove the work to a record price.  It eventually sold on the phone to Lisa Dennison, Chairman, Sotheby’s North and South America.

    Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is a well-known example of O’Keeffe’s celebrated flower paintings, which in turn stand among the most recognisable images in both art history and popular culture. The painting is one of three works by the artist that are on offer today from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are being sold to benefit its Acquisitions Fund.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 14, 2014)

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