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In the Saleroom: Jasper John’s Flag


Christie’s 11 May evening sales of Post-War and Contemporary Art and The Michael Crichton Collection were led by Jasper Johns’ Flag, which sold for $28,642,500 and broke the world record for the artist selling at auction. The iconic work, completed by Johns 1966, was purchased by Michael Crichton over thirty years ago from the artist’s own collection. The late Crichton, best-selling author of Jurassic Park and creator of the hit television series ER, was an acclaimed writer on Johns and wrote the catalog for the artists’ 1977 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The Collection, which included other significant works by Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Mark Tansey, totaled $93,323,500, becoming one of the most significant Post-War and Contemporary Art collections ever sold at auction.  (RT: 2:29)

12 May 2010