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    Willem de Kooning’s Woman as Landscape (1954-55)

    There were new world records for Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning and eleven others at Christie’s in New York last night.  An American Place, the Barney A. Ebsworth Collection evening sale brought in $317.8 million. There were 42 lots in the auction. Hopper’s Chop Suey sold for $91,875,000 to become the most expensive work of pre-war American art.

    Willen de Kooning’s Woman as Landscape (1954-55) made $68.9 million, Jackson Pollock’s Composition with Red Strokes sold for $55.4 million.

    The Ebsworth collection was begun in 1972, the year he founded the Royal Cruise Line. Initially focussed on American Modernists Ebsworth then turned to acquiring the best works by Abstract Expressionists.

    The blue-chip nature of the works that Ebsworth assembled resulted in eleven auction records and two records by medium for a veritable who’s who of American art across the last 100 years. New auction marks were set for  Arshile Gorky, Patrick Henry Bruce, Francis Criss, Joseph Stella, Suzy Frelinghuysen, Charles Green Shaw, Alexander Calder (for a standing sculpture), David Smith (by medium), George Tooker, John Marin, Leon Polk Smith, Gaston La Chaise and Otterness.

    (See video post on Hopper’s Chop Suey on for November 10, 2018)

    Franz Kline – Painting (1954) ($4.5 million)

    Jackson Pollock – Composition with Red Strokes

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