• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 15 November 2017

RESULTS: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale - November 15, 2017

TOTAL: $785,942,250 / £597,220,555 / €664,706,477

Lots Offered: 58                Sold by Lot: 84%

Lots Sold: 49                 Sold by Value: 94%

Auctioneer and Global President Jussi Pylkkänen selling Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi realizing $450,312,500

The top lots of the sale were Leonardo da Vinci’sSalvator Mundi, which realized $450,312,500 breaking the world auction record for any work sold at auction and Andy Warhol’s Sixty Last Suppers, which sold for $60,875,000.

*14 World Auction Records for Adam Pendelton, Philippe Parreno, Kerry James Marshall, Vija Celmins, Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann, William Baziotes, Isamu Noguchi and more

*Second highest total ever for a various owner Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie’s

Major collections achieved strong results and exceeded pre-sale estimates

The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass continued with a strong running total of $161,149,750 exceeding the collection estimate of $120 million. The collection will continue to be offered in the day sales tomorrow.

The Defining Gesture: Modern Masters from the Eppler Family Collection achieved a running total of $71,381,000. The collection was led by Franz Kline’s monumental Light Mechanic, which realized $20,000,000. The collection will continue tomorrow in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sales.

Please find the top ten, artist records, and price lists attached.  For further sale insights from Christie's CEO Guillaume Cerutti, Head of Department, New York, Sara Friedlander and Co-Chairmen Loic Gouzer and Alex Rotter, please visit the Facebook Live stream of our Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale and post-sale Press Conference

For images please visit our dropbox for Leonardo da Vinci Press Kit please visit this link

Quote from Loic Gouzer, Co-Chairman Post-War and Contemporary Art: We toured Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi around the world, and at every stop crowds of people were drawn to this painting, wanting to stand in front of the picture and experience it in person. Salvator Mundi evokes joy, ecstasy, anger, awe -- it just touches every emotion. Even for me, it is very difficult to pinpoint what it is that makes this painting so poignant, you cannot comprehend the mystery of Leonardo. That is the magic of his work.  Bidders from all around the world recognized this elusive and mesmerizing quality, and competed passionately to acquire this work in what was surely a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Below please find a link to download the HD broadcast quality video of lot 9 Da Vinci for Press.  This is unedited footage of the full bidding.


YouTube Video: The World is Watching

For more details:  Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi makes auction history

For further information on Christie’s 20th Century Week please visit our website

Running total for Christie’s 20th Century Week thus far: $1,317,946,875

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