RESULTS: Twombly and a T. rex lead Christie's 20th Century Evening Sale
Adrien Meyer, Auctioneer, and Global Head of Private Sales, hammers the sale's top lot, Cy Twombly's Untitled [Bolsena], 1969. Price Realized: $38.7 Million
NEW YORK - On October 6th, Christie's opened 20th Century Week with a highly successful Evening Sale of 20th Century Art, live streamed from New York. The innovative sale achieved $340,851,500 / £262,597,458 / €288,594,606 / HKD$2,628,337,953, selling 84% by lot and 96% by value. Top top lots were Cy Twombly's Untitled [Bolsena], 1969, which realized $38.7 million, followed by STAN, one of the largest and most complete T. rex skeletons ever found, which achieved $31.8 million, eclipsing its presale estimate of $6-8 million and setting a new world auction record for any dinosaur skeleton or fossil ever sold at auction. The sale also saw exceptional results for Mark Rothko's Untitled, 1967, which sold for $31.3 million and Pablo Picasso's Femme dans un fauteuil, 19 June 1942, which sold for $29.6 million.
280,000 viewers tuned into the Evening Sale through the Christie’s website and various social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, and WeChat. The sale registered bidders from across the world via Christie’s LIVE online bidding platform.
A detailed release on 20th Century Week at Christie's New York will be distributed following the Day Sales of Post-War and Contemporary Art (October 7) and Impressionist and Modern Art (October 8). In the meantime, please find results for tonight's sale attached.
For further details and insights into the Evening Sale, please view tonight’s wrap report or watch a recording of the post-sale press conference.
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