Sotheby's New York Contemporary Art totaled $472,486,775 with strong results in both our Evening and Day auctions. Seven artist records were set in the Evening sale, including Christopher Wool, Sigmar Polke and Mark Grotjahn. Highlights also included Mark Rothko's Untitled (Yellow and Blue) from 1954 which sold for $46.5 million and Roy Lichtenstein's The Ring (Engagement) selling for $41.7 million.
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on May 12th will present a collection of extraordinary moments in recent art history. Surveying the major developments of Contemporary Art over the past seven decades, this auction will offer truly rare and prestigious exemplars of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism and Postmodernism alongside various groundbreaking paintings and sculptures by the most influential artistic innovators of our times.
Please note that the provenance for this work should read:
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Milan
Gian Enzo Sperone
Galerie Sonnabend, Paris
Jean-Marie Rossi, Paris (acquired from the above in 1963)
Sotheby's, New York, November 19, 1997, Lot 27 (consigned by the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above