It was one for the books with the $157 million sale of Modigliani’s Nu Couché in the Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale, becoming the most expensive artwork auctioned in Sotheby’s history and leading off what would be a billion-dollar week. Two days later, the Morton and Barbara Mandel Collection was 100% sold, led by a record-setting work on paper by Rothko, while a feverish Contemporary Art Evening Auction saw new highs for artists including Kerry James Marshall, David Hockney and Cecily Brown. All of the works donated to benefit the Studio Museum in Harlem sold across both contemporary auctions, many far above their high estimates, and helped to drive the $107.9 million Contemporary Art Day Auction, itself a record total. For more of the best moments of a historic week, click ahead.
Achieving a remarkable $157.2 million, Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couché, 1917, led the $318.3 million Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 14 May. The price is the highest ever achieved for a work of art in a Sotheby’s auction. Another salesroom star was Picasso’s Les Repos, a 1932 portrait of his golden muse Marie-Thérèse Walter that brought $36.9 million. Monet’s abstracted vision of the light at dawn, Matinée sur la Seine, fetched $20.6 million. Other notable lots included Georgia O'Keeffe's Lake George with White Birch ($11.3 million), fought over by two bidders, and Mary Cassatt's pastel drawing A Goodnight Hug ($4.5 million), both exceeding their high estimates. Click ahead to see the the night’s Top 10 list. View full results: Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
PABLO PICASSO’S LES DEMOISELLES D'AVIGNON (1907) INSPIRED THE CUBIST MOVEMENT. COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY USA / BRIDGEMAN IMAGES © THE ESTATE OF PABLO PICASSO / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK / ADAGP, PARIS 2018.
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