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.
May 16, 2008 |
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.
January 31, 2013 |
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.
May 10, 1989 |
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.
February 13, 2009 |
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1864 Abraham Lincoln speech has sold for $3.44 million in New York City, setting a new auction record for any American historical document.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.
February 19, 2014 |
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.