Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale: THE HIGHEST TOTAL IN AUCTION HISTORY

Christie’s auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen, hammers down Jackson Pollock’s, Number 19, 1948, which achieved the highest price for the artist at US$58.3 million

Christie’s auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen, hammers down Jackson Pollock’s, Number 19, 1948, which achieved the highest price for the artist at US$58.3 million

POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING SALE ACHIEVES US$495 MILLION, THE HIGHEST TOTAL IN AUCTION HISTORY

The auction set 16 new artist records with three works achieving above US$40M, nine above US$10M and 59 above US$1M
New York – On May 15, Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale achieved a staggering US$495.021.500, with a remarkably strong sell-through rate of 94 percent by value and by lot. Bidders from around the world competed for an exceptional array of Abstract Expressionist, Pop and Contemporary works from some of the century’s most inspiring and influential artists, including Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The sale featured a range of superlative works from distinguished private collections and institutions, such as the Collection of Celeste and Armand Bartos and the Estate of Andy Williams.

Pollock's "Number 19", 1948

Pollock’s “Number 19”, 1948

The sale established 16 new world auction records, selling nine works for over US$10 million, 23 for over $5 million and 59 for over US$1 million.

“We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary total of $495 million for this evening’s sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art – the

highest total in auction history. The remarkable bidding and record prices set reflect a new era in the art market, wherein seasoned collectors and new bidders compete at the highest level within a global market. Our sale was heavily focused on masterpieces and collections, achieving an astonishing 16 record prices. With Monday’s blockbuster charity sale, The 11th Hour Auction, our sales total exceeds a half a billion, raising $528.3 million,” said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art.

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