A sale of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s in New York has generated sales of $744m, with many pieces smashing their estimated values.
A pair of works by Andy Warhol – Race Riot, 1964 and White Marylin – sold for over $100m, $30m more than was expected. The latter, a portrait of Marylin Monroe, was completed shortly after her death in 1962.
Other works by Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mark Rothko all sold for tens of millions, while Francis Bacon triptych Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, portraying the painter’s close friend and the sole heir to his estate, sold for $80.8m. Last year Christie’s sold Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud for $142.4m, making it the most expensive work ever sold at auction.
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