• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 15 November 2018

RESULTS | Post War and Contemporary Evening Sale totals $357.6 Million led by David Hockney

Total: $357,622,500/ £278,089,036 / €315,631,056

5 World Auction Records

33 Participating Countries across 5 Continents

85% Sold by Lot and 93% Sold by Value


$1,011,587,875/ £784,174,069 / €894,393,696

Jussi Pylkkänen, Christie’s Global President and Auctioneer, hammers down on the top lot of the sale, David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), painted in 1972, which sold for $90,312,500, establishing the world auction record for a living artist.

Hockney masterpiece breaks world record in New York

David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), painted in 1972, realizes $90,312,500 — a world record price for a living artist — as the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale sale totals $357,622,500

Works from Top Collections Yield Strong Results

Property from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson 100% sold by lot and begins with strong total of $34,435,000

Works from the Collection of François and Susan de Menil 100% sold by lot and totals $43,967,500

A Francis Bacon masterpiece from The Collection of S.I. Newhouse realizes $21,687,500

5 New World Auction Records Set by:

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), $90,312,500

Sam Gilliam, Lady Day II, $2,172,500

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 186 x 143 cm, 23 décembre 1959, $10,600,000

Robert Colescott, Cultural Exchange, $912,500, nearly 3x its estimate

Record for a work on paper by the artist Philip Guston, Window, $3,132,500

Exceptional Prices Achieved by:

Alexander Calder, 21 Feuilles Blanches, $17,975,000

KAWS, CHUM (KCB7), $2,412,500

Vija Celmins, Star Field I, $2,412,500,

Available Assets:

Full wrap up of the sale’s results

Live stream of the post-sale press conference

Live stream of the auction

High resolution images

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