Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic flower painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 achieved a remarkable $44,405,000, more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist. Seven bidders immediately jumped into the fray, but it was a prolonged battle between two determined bidders that drove the price to this record height – nearly three times the work’s high estimate of $15 million.
A diverse selection of works from the most significant names in 19th and 20th century American art are presented in this sale, highlighted by a striking group of paintings from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund. Along with On the Old Santa Fe Road from 1930/31 and Untitled (Skunk Cabbage) painted circa 1927, the selection is led by O’Keeffe’s magnificent 1932 painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, which exemplifies the artist’s intent to express the exuberance with which she observed and experienced the natural world. Other highlights include End of the Day (Commuter Rush), a delightful work Norman Rockwell executed for the cover of Literary Digest in 1920.