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    Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Triple Elvis

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
    Triple Elvis

    Christie’s has once again secured the highest total in auction history with a sales total of $852,887,000 at the Post War and Contemporary Art auction in New York last night. Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis and Four Marlons led the sale at $81.9 and $69.6 million. There were eleven new world auction records in a sale which attracted registered buyers from 43 countries. Three works sold for over $50 million,  23 for over $10 million and 69 for over $1 million.  Cy Twombly’s Untitled sold for $69.6 million, a world auction record for the artist.  Francis Bacon’s Seated Figure made $44.9 million. The other artists in the top ten were, in order, Gerhard Richter,  Ed Ruscha, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jeff Koons and Martin Kippenberger.

    “This was a sale of extraordinary quality and range, with every major artist represented by at least one masterwork,” said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. “The landmark sale result achieved tonight is a reflection of both growing global enthusiasm and demand in this category and a virtuous cycle of confidence in the art market that brings a fresh supply of exciting, high-quality works into the market with each new season.”

    Steven Murphy, Christie’s Chief Executive Officer stated: “This is truly a moment in art history. Tonight’s result is a testimony to the depth of interest in art across the globe, and to the talent of the Christie’s team.  This sale may have produced an eye catching number, but record museum attendance and record art sales at Christie’s on every continent in all areas and price levels proves that enjoying works of art has become a universal pursuit in our time.”

    (See posts on for October 2, 16 and 30, 2014).

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