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RESULTS: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

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Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

New York – Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sale no: 2557 – Top Ten

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]

 

Sold:

$388,488,000

£240,862,560

€299,135,760

Lots Sold: 56

Lots Offered: 59

Sold by Lot: 95%

Sold by $: 99%

Exchange Rate: £0.62= $1 /  €0.77= $1

 

Lot

Description

 

Estimate ($)

 

Purchase Price

Buyer

20

Mark Rothko, Orange, Red, Yellow, oil on canvas, painted in 1961

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY CONTEMPORARY WORK OF ART

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

35,000,000-45,000,000

$86,882,500

£53,867,150

€66,899,525

Anonymous

34

Yves Klein, FC1 (Fire Color 1), dry pigments and synthetic resin on panel with artist’s frame, executed in 1962

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

30,000,000-40,000,000

$36,482,500

£22,619,150

€28,091,525

Anonymous

22

Jackson Pollock, Number 28, 1951, oil on canvas, painted in 1951

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

20,000,000-30,000,000

$23,042,500

£14,286,350

€17,742,725

Anonymous

24

Barnett Newman, Onement V, oil on canvas, painted in 1952

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

10,000,000-15,000,000

$22,482,500

£13,939,150

€17,311,525

Anonymous

14

Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild (798-3), oil on canvas, painted in 1993

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

14,000,000-18,000,000

$21,810,500

£13,522,510

€16,794,085

Anonymous

36

Gerhard Richter, Seestüeck (Leicht bewöelkt), oil on canvas, painted in 1969

10,000,000-15,000,000

$19,346,500

£11,994,830

€14,896,805

Anonymous

33

Alexander Calder, Lily of Force, standing mobile—painted sheet metal, rod and wire, executed in 1945

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

8,000,000-12,000,000

$18,562,500

£11,508,750

€14,293,125

Anonymous

21

Willem de Kooning, Untitled I, oil on canvas, painted in 1980

8,000,000-12,000,000

$14,082,500

£8,731,150

€10,843,525

European Private

11

Alexander Calder, Snow Flurry, hanging mobile—painted sheet metal and wire, executed circa 1948

3,500,000-4,500,000

$10,386,500

£6,439,630

€7,997,605

Anonymous

25

Clyfford Still, Untitled (PH-786, 1955-R), oil on canvas, painted in 1955

5,000,000-7,000,000

$8,594,500

£5,328,590

€6,617,765

U.S. Private

Related Sale Sale 2557
Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
8 May 2012
New York, Rockefeller Plaza


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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

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Mark Rothko, Orange, Red, Yellow, oil on canvas, painted in 1961 Price Realized: $86,882,500 WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY CONTEMPORARY WORK OF ART WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST