Christie's | Fine Art Auction House

In the Saleroom
Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Three Studies for a Self Portrait
Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Three Studies for a Self Portrait
Three Studies for a Self Portrait by Francis Bacon (1909-1992), a rare self-portrait triptych that had never before been seen in public sold for £17,289,250 on 30 June in London.
London, June 2008


Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Balloon Flower (Magenta) 1995-2000
Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Balloon Flower (Magenta) 1995-2000
Balloon Flower (Magenta), 1995-2000 by Jeff Koons (b. 1955) sold for £12,921,250 on 30 June in London, a world record price for the artist at auction.
London, June 2008


London Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Naked Portrait with Reflection
Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Naked Portrait with Reflection
Naked Portrait with Reflection by Lucian Freud (b. 1922), one of the most important works by the artist to be offered at auction, sold for £11,801,250 / $23,519,891 / €14,857,774 on 30 June 2008 in London, the second highest price for the artist at auction.
London, June 2008


Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale: Le bassin aux nymphéas
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale: Le bassin aux nymphéas
Le bassin aux nymphéas, a masterpiece painting by Claude Monet realised £40,921,250, a world record price for the artist at auction.
London, June 2008


Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale: Danseuse a la barre
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale: Danseuse a la barre
Danseuse a la barre, an early masterpiece in pastel by Edgar Degas realised £13,481,250, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of £4,000,000 to £6,000,000.
London, June 2008


Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: No. 15
Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: No. 15
The glorious red and yellow No. 15 by Rothko’s 1952 commanded $50,441,000, the second highest total for a work by the artist.
New York, May 2008


Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Benefits Supervisor Sleeping
Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Benefits Supervisor Sleeping
The most significant work by Freud to appear at auction, the life-size Benefits Supervisor Sleeping fetched $33,641,000, a world auction record for the artist.
New York, May 2008


Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale: Pont du chemin de fer à Argenteuil
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale: Pont du chemin de fer à Argenteuil
A new world auction record was set for a Claude Monet masterpiece of high Impressionist style from 1873 when Pont du chemin de fer à Argenteuil sold for $41.48 million.
New York, May 2008


Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale: Grande femme debout II
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale: Grande femme debout II
Celebrated modern master Alberto Giacometti's monumental nine-foot high bronze Grande femme debout II realized $27,481,000, smashing the previous record for the artist.
New York, May 2008