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.
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1864 Abraham Lincoln speech has sold for $3.44 million in New York City, setting a new auction record for any American historical document.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.
November 8, 2012 |
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.
November 1, 2008 |
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.