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1864 Abraham Lincoln speech has sold for $3.44 million in New York City, setting a new auction record for any American historical document.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.
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 15, 2013 |
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.
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.