Christie’s New York, the worldwide leading auctioneer, broke the record for the highest ever grossing post-war and contemporary art auction in history, totaling over $412 million in sales. The auction highlighted works from Andy Warhol, Franz Kline, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein, among others.
“This evening’s sale set a new record total for any Post-War and Contemporary Art sale. Over the past six years, Christie’s has led this market first over the $200 million, then over the $300 million, and now over the $400 million barrier,” said Brett Gorvy, Deputy Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. “We curated the sale around a rich variety of the highest quality works and most coveted artists in order to serve our broad international base of collectors in their quest to find the next iconic work, whether it is Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, or cutting-edge contemporary.”
I’m glad that the art world has officially forgot the recession.
Images courtesy of Christie’s.