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Tonight Christies put 65 lots of contemporary art on the chopping block.A series of four blue-self portraits by Andy Warhol sold for $38.4 million, the WSJ reported.
And “a huge Andy Warhol self-portrait showing the artist in a spiky wig,” which fetched $27.5 million, Bloomberg said.
There were three bidders after the 9-foot-square portrait.
Famed Warhol collector Jose Mugrabi won. Larry Gagosian was one of the losers.
There were actually 8 Warhol pieces in the auction, and they all sold the WSJ reported.
The highlight of the night however, appears to have been a Mark Rothko painting called “Untitled No. 17,” which hasn’t been seen in public since 1965.
The painting sold for $33.7 million, and was predicted to fetch around $22 million.
Other highlights from the auction, according to the WSJ:
- A 1974 Francis Bacon sold for $25.2 million.
- Cy Twombly’s 1967 “chalky blackboard abstract sold for a record $15.2 million”
- A Richard Diebenkorn abstract from 1980 sold for $7.6 million.
- An Alexander Calder that had sold for $651,500 in ’97, sold for $2.8 million tonight.
One disappointment — Wall Street favourite, Richard Prince. His “Pro Street” sold for less than it was bought for five years ago.