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    Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XIX from 1982.

    The 41 lots offered and all sold at Christie’s Art of the America’s evening sale from the Rockefeller collection made  $106,883,500. The top lot of the sale was Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XIX, which sold for $14.2 million and formerly resided in David Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan office. There were seven artist records, for Charles Ephraim Burchfield, Morris Cole Graves, Stefan Hirsch, Fairfield Porter, Diego Rivera, Charles Sheeler and Gilbert Stuart. To date, the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller has made $765,384,844, and established the highest total achieved for any private collection offered at auction during the first night of the sale week.

    Will Haydock, Head of American Art, said: “The American art from the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller represents one of the best single owner collections to come to market and this evening collectors responded accordingly. Peggy and David appreciated and cherished this material in the same manner as their Impressionist and Modern masterworks and that allowed us to expose it on a broader, international stage. Both established and new collectors gravitated to the auction and it enabled us to achieve this monumental result. Tonight’s sale set a record total for any American Art auction, with strong results achieved across all time periods of the category. There was a particular interest in works commissioned by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller one the first true pioneers and patrons of Modernism in the United States, as seen with the records set for Rivera, Sheeler and Hirsch.”

    Charles Ephraim Burchfield – June Night.

    Fairfield Porter – The Schooner II

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