Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christie's Record Breaking Auction

Not to be outdone by auction house rivals Sotheby's, Christie's broke all auction records with a sale last week which included Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis created from a still of his film Flaming Star in which he poses with a pistol (above), which sold for a staggering $81.9million (£51.6 million), and Four Marlons, a multiple image of Brando on a bike in a leather jacket (below), which made almost $70 million, (£43.9 million). These two did not beat the record for a Warhol piece sold at auction however. That distinction goes to Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), which made $105.4 million at auction last year.
Sales from these two works along with other pieces from Cy Twombly, Willem De Kooning and Jeff Koons meant that Christie's Contemporary and Post-War Evening sale made nearly £536 million on the night - the highest sale of any auction in history. An extraordinary nights work!