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  • 7 October 2020

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.

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.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.