• Press release
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  • New York
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  • 14 November 2018

RESULTS: An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection Achieves $323 Million


New York – Christie’s day sale of An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection realized $5,302,250, bringing the total for the dedicated sale of the travel entrepreneur’s exceptional collection of 20th Century American art to $323,103,500. New world auction records were established for 11 artists in the day sale, bringing the total records in the collection to 24.

Will Haydock, Christie’s Head of American Art, remarks: “While we were incredibly proud to have handled the historic sale of Edward Hopper’s masterpiece Chop Suey for a record $91 million, we were equally thrilled to witness surging demand and buyer participation during the day sale component of An American Place, The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection. Totaling $5.3 million and selling 98% by lot and 97% by value, the day sale was a resounding success. Participation from traditional collectors of the category, both private and trade, as well as collectors drawn from cross-over categories, resulted in a dynamic saleroom with numerous lots selling above estimate. In total 24 world records were established during the Ebsworth day and evening sales.

We look forward to continuing this momentum with the various owner American Art sale on November 20, led by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Maple from 1929 and the online sale, which opens for bidding today.”

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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