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May 2, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Iranian Parviz Tanavoli's "The Wall (Oh Persepolis)" fetched $2.84 million at a Dubai art sale, an auction record for a Middle Eastern artist. "The Wall," a nearly 2-meter-tall bronze sculpture covered in hieroglyphics, was the highlight of Christie's International's auction of modern and contemporary art this week, its fourth in the city. London-based Christie's said it sold more than $20 million of art, mainly by Arab and Iranian artists. Six works by Iranian artists were among the seven priciest lots sold.
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February 25, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), which sold 86% of the nearly 400 lots offered in its Sunday sale, reported the highest total in its 22-year history Monday, realizing $5.12 million in sales, including commissions. The surprise of the show was the sale of the intricate multi-lobed wire hanging sculpture "Untitled S. 437" by Ruth Asawa, shown above, which was expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000. The sculpture set a new LAMA record for a single work, going for $1.43 million and tying the world auction record for the sculptor who died last year.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Ng
A 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon was sold Tuesday for a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction. The previous record holder was Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for $119.9 million in 2012. Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York of postwar and contemporary art that brought in a total of $691.6 million. The Bacon work depicts his fellow British artist in three different seated poses against an orange background.
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February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
A mural depicting two lip-locked British bobbies created by the street artist Banksy sold at an auction in Miami on Tuesday for $575,000, which was at the low end of estimates. Two other Banksy works -- which the artist created during his monthlong "residency" in New York last year -- failed to meet sale expectations. The Banksy works were being sold as part of a street-art auction by Fine Art Auctions Miami. The Tuesday sale featured works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bambi, Keith Haring and others.
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May 8, 1989
A mint-condition example of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's 1891 music hall poster "Moulin Rouge" set a world poster auction record of $220,000 during a $1.2-million auction of 540 rare posters in New York. The 30-square-foot lithograph was sold to an American private collector who asked to remain anonymous. The previous world auction record for a poster was $95,000 paid in 1987 for another example of "Moulin Rouge" in Paris. The poster, advertising "concert and dancing every night," shows the popular entertainer La Goulue--"The Glutton"--dancing the can-can.
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May 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
NEW YORK -- A three-panel masterpiece by Francis Bacon broke a record for contemporary art auctions, selling for more than $86 million after three bidders vied for it, a spokeswoman for the auction house said. The $86,281,000 price for "Triptych, 1976" also set an auction record for the British artist, Sotheby's spokeswoman Lauren Gioia said. She said an auction record also was set for work by Robert Rauschenberg, who died Monday at 82. His 1963 painting "Overdrive" sold for about $14.6 million, Gioia said.
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November 8, 2012 | By David Ng
A water-lily painting by Claude Monet sold for $43.7 million while a key painting by Wassily Kandinsky brought in $23 million at a Christie's auction in New York on Wednesday. The sales were part of a larger auction of Impressionist and modern works. Monet's "Nympheas," which dates from 1905, brought in approximately $43.7 million, according to Christie's. The painting is one of many that the artist created depicting water lilies floating on a pond. The painting was being sold by the Hackley School in upstate New York, which received the work from Ethel Strong Allen, the wife of the late financier Herb Allen.
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January 31, 2013 | By David Ng
A Renaissance-era panel by the artist Botticelli depicting the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and a young John the Baptist sold for $10.4 million at a Christie's auction in New York on Wednesday. The work was labeled the "Rockefeller Madonna" by the auction house because it was once owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. AT THE AUCTION: Can you guess the price? The sale was part of a larger sale of Renaissance work that brought in a total of $42.6 million. The Botticelli work was estimated to sell for $5 million to $7 million.
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May 10, 1989 | From United Press International
Japanese bidders dominated the first of a weeklong series of auctions of Impressionist and modern art that saw Marc Chagall's "Violinist With the World Upside Down" sold for $4.6 million, an auction record for the artist. On Tuesday, a sale by Sotheby's of paintings from the collection of Bolivian tin heir Jaime Ortiz-Patino was expected to generate excitement with the sale of Paul Gauguin's "Mata Mua," a Tahitian pastoral scene carrying a pre-sale evaluation of $25 million. Tonight, the action will be at Christie's, where art from the estate of the late Hollywood producer Hal B. Wallis will go on sale.
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February 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Christie's says a handwritten manuscript of an 1864 Abraham Lincoln speech has sold for $3.44 million in New York City, setting a new auction record for any American historical document. The sale to an anonymous phone bidder on Thursday was just slightly higher than the previous record of $3.40 million set last year, also for an 1864 Lincoln document. Proceeds from the sale will go toward a new wing for the Southworth Library Assn. in Dryden, N.Y. The document was given to the library in 1926.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Ng
A 1969 triptych by Francis Bacon was sold Tuesday for a whopping $142.4 million, breaking the record for a work of art sold at auction. The previous record holder was Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for $119.9 million in 2012. Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was sold as part of a Christie's auction in New York of postwar and contemporary art that brought in a total of $691.6 million. The Bacon work depicts his fellow British artist in three different seated poses against an orange background.
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November 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
A three-panel painting by British artist Francis Bacon broke auction price records Tuesday at Christie's in New York, garnering the most money --$142.4 million -- of any work ever sold at an auction. Until now "The Scream" by Edvard Munch held the top spot for highest auction price tag; it sold at Sotheby's in 2012 for almost $120 million.         The Bacon work, a triptych from 1969 titled “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” depicts another painter, Lucian Freud, a friend of Bacon's -- and ultimately an artistic rival -- sitting in three different positions on the same chair.
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May 15, 2013 | By David Ng
A painting by Barnett Newman set an artist record at auction on Tuesday, selling for $43.8 million in New York. Sotheby's had expected "Onement VI," an abstract work in dark blue, to go for between $30 million and $40 million. The sale was part of a larger auction of contemporary art that brought in a total of $293.6 million, on the low end of expectations. The sale included an auction record for Gerhard Richter. The artist's photo-painting "Domplatz, Mailand" brought in $37.1 million. A Yves Klein piece, "Untitled Blue Sponge Sculpture," sold for $22 million.
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May 15, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
If the premiere of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is any indication, high style will be alive and well in the 23rd century. The film's cast and celebrity supporters were in full galactic glam at Tuesday night's premiere. Zoe Saldana chose a nude silk embroidered dress with tiered silk chiffon from Rodarte's fall and winter 2013 collection (accessorized with a white and gold hand-knit Rodarte cardigan). Jennifer Morrison was a constellation unto herself in a baby blue geometric sequin jumpsuit from the spring and summer 2013 collection of Edition by Georges Chakra, and Alice Eve beamed down to the planet's surface in a futuristic gold embroidered sheath dress with black silk knit paneling from the pre-fall 2013 Zuhair Murad RTW collection.
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January 31, 2013 | By David Ng
A Renaissance-era panel by the artist Botticelli depicting the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and a young John the Baptist sold for $10.4 million at a Christie's auction in New York on Wednesday. The work was labeled the "Rockefeller Madonna" by the auction house because it was once owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. AT THE AUCTION: Can you guess the price? The sale was part of a larger sale of Renaissance work that brought in a total of $42.6 million. The Botticelli work was estimated to sell for $5 million to $7 million.
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November 8, 2012 | By David Ng
A water-lily painting by Claude Monet sold for $43.7 million while a key painting by Wassily Kandinsky brought in $23 million at a Christie's auction in New York on Wednesday. The sales were part of a larger auction of Impressionist and modern works. Monet's "Nympheas," which dates from 1905, brought in approximately $43.7 million, according to Christie's. The painting is one of many that the artist created depicting water lilies floating on a pond. The painting was being sold by the Hackley School in upstate New York, which received the work from Ethel Strong Allen, the wife of the late financier Herb Allen.
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May 15, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
If the premiere of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is any indication, high style will be alive and well in the 23rd century. The film's cast and celebrity supporters were in full galactic glam at Tuesday night's premiere. Zoe Saldana chose a nude silk embroidered dress with tiered silk chiffon from Rodarte's fall and winter 2013 collection (accessorized with a white and gold hand-knit Rodarte cardigan). Jennifer Morrison was a constellation unto herself in a baby blue geometric sequin jumpsuit from the spring and summer 2013 collection of Edition by Georges Chakra, and Alice Eve beamed down to the planet's surface in a futuristic gold embroidered sheath dress with black silk knit paneling from the pre-fall 2013 Zuhair Murad RTW collection.
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November 1, 2008 | Reuters
A rare cello made nearly 300 years ago by Italian master Antonio Stradivari that had been expected to set a record price failed to sell in an online auction that ended Friday. The Tarisio auctioneers website, www.tarisio.com, showed only one bid of $1.34 million had been placed, which failed to meet the reserve price. The cello had been forecast to sell for between $1.47 million and $1.97 million. "We are now working to put together an after-auction sale with interested parties," a spokesman for Tarisio said.
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October 15, 2012 | By David Ng
A painting by German artist Gerhard Richter has broken the record for the most paid at auction for a work by a living artist, according to Sotheby's. The work, titled "Abstaktes Bild" (804-9), sold for 21.3 million pounds ($34.2 million) on Friday in London. Sotheby's said the 1994 painting belonged to guitarist Eric Clapton and was sold to an anonymous buyer. The auction house had estimated the painting between 9 million to 12 million pounds.   The all-time top record-holder for a painting at auction was set last year with Cezanne's "The Card Players," which sold for more than $250 million.
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February 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Christie's says a handwritten manuscript of an 1864 Abraham Lincoln speech has sold for $3.44 million in New York City, setting a new auction record for any American historical document. The sale to an anonymous phone bidder on Thursday was just slightly higher than the previous record of $3.40 million set last year, also for an 1864 Lincoln document. Proceeds from the sale will go toward a new wing for the Southworth Library Assn. in Dryden, N.Y. The document was given to the library in 1926.
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