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    Thursday, May 10th, 2018

    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


    Sunday, July 31st, 2016

    Sotheby’s New York autumn season will be led by “The Triumph of Painting: The Steven and Ann Ames Collection”. The landmark collection, assembled by the New York patrons of the arts, philanthropists and collectors, tells the story of painting over the past 50 years through masterpieces by Robert Ryman, Georg Baselitz, Willem de Kooning, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Philip Guston and others. Overall, the works are estimated to fetch in excess of $100 million in sales of Contemporary Art on November 17 bd 18,

    At the core of the collection are outstanding works by two giants of 20th-century painting: Gerhard Richter and Willem de Kooning. Richter was one of the first painters to spark the couple’s interest after they fell in love with his work in the 1980s; indeed Steven wrote his thesis on the artist to earn his Master’s degree in Art History at Columbia University. The evening auction on  November 17 will include Richter canvases from every major period of his career covering his full exploration of the medium – abstract, landscape, portraiture, conceptual and more. Robert Ryman and others then entered the collection before the Ames’s sought out paintings by Willem de Kooning, seeking to connect the legacies of these different artists and bridge the stylistic gaps between them.


    Gerhard Richter A.B., St. James 1988 ($20.30 million)

    Gerhard Richter A.B., St. James 1988 ($20.30 million)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $22.7 MILLION

    Gerhard Richter A.B., Still 1986 ($20-30 million)

    Gerhard Richter A.B., Still 1986 ($20-30 million) UPDATE: THIS MADE $33.9 MILLION


    Friday, April 1st, 2011

    Franz Kline, Herald 1953-54 to be sold at Sotheby's, New York on May 9. The estimate is $2.5-$3.5 million. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE $2,322,500

    Willem de Kooning, Event in a Barn Painted in 1947, to be sold at Sotheby's, New York on May 9. It is estimated at $5/7 million. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE$4,562,500

    Work from the collection of  art dealer Allan Stone will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York in May.  The sale will be presented in two volumes on Monday, May 9, the night before Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale on May 10.

    Highlights of the first sale will comprise outstanding examples by the key artists represented and collected by Stone, including Willem de Kooning, John Chamberlain, Franz Kline and Joseph Cornell.  The second sale will be dedicated to the West Coast artist Wayne Thiebaud, whose work was first championed by Stone in New York more than forty-five years ago.

    The two sales are estimated to bring in more than $35 million.

    UPDATE: The two-part sale of The Collection of Allan Stone, brought a total of $54,805,500, well above the pre-sale high estimate of $46.8 million, and was 93% sold by lot. The auction was held 50 years after the founding of The Allan Stone Gallery and celebrated the artists represented and collected by this renowned New York dealer. The evening was led by John Chamberlain’s Nutcracker which sold for $4,786,500 and set a new record for the artist at auction. The sale was characterised by strong prices and global demand for U.S. West Coast artist Wayne Thiebaud