$179,365,000 FOR PICASSO’S ‘LES FEMMES D’ALGER, VERSION O’
NEW RECORD FOR MOST VALUABLE WORK OF ART EVER SOLD AT AUCTION
$141,285,000 FOR GIACOMETTI’S ‘POINTING MAN’
NEW RECORD FOR MOST VALUABLE WORK OF SCULPTURE EVER SOLD AT AUCTION
New York – On 11 May 2015, Christie’s innovative Evening Sale Looking Forward to the Past, achieved $705,858,000 (£458,051,914/ €630,737,486) with sell-through rates of 97% by lot and 99% by value. New world auction records were set for 10 works of art during the sale, including Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger, Version O from 1955, which sold for $179,365,000 (£116,395,198/€160,276,188), and became the most valuable work of art ever sold at auction. Later in the sale, Giacometti’s L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) conceived in 1947 achieved $141,285,000 (£91,683,971/ €126,248,829), setting a new record for any sculpture sold at auction. Of the 35 works offered, 2 lots sold for over $100 million, 3 for over $50 million, 9 lots for over $20 million, 12 lots for over $10 million, 12 lots over for over $10 million, and 29 lots over $1 million.
All of the works offered in Looking Forward to the Past were selected for their connection to a central theme of artistic innovation inspired by the past. The exhibition generated a tremendous response from both clients and the public. 15,000 visitors have viewed the pre-sale exhibition at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries over the last 10 days, and this evening’s sale saw participation from a diverse group of clients representing 35 different countries.
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AUCTION TIMES May 11 7:00pm Lots 1 A - 35 A
VIEWING TIMES May 2 10am - 5pmMay 3 10am - 5pmMay 4 10am - 5pmMay 5 10am - 5pmMay 6 10am - 5pmMay 7 10am - 5pmMay 8 10am - 5pmMay 9 10am - 6pmMay 10 1pm - 5pmMay 11 10am - 12pm
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