The Dollar Bill Worth 30 Million

Andy Warhol’s piece titled “One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate)” was sold for a stunning 20,869,000 GBP (30.7 million) at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Event

One dollar bill By Andy Warhol

 

The evening event on July 2 realized £130.4 million ($204.7 million), Sotheby’s highest-ever total for a sale of Contemporary Art in Europe. See some of the other top sales on Sotheby’s blog

Liz #5, a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol sells for close to $27 million

Four Andy Warhol paintings – including “Liz #5”, a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor – was sold for multi million dollars at the Contemporary Art auction by Phillips de Pury & Company in New York on May 12.

Liz #5 by Andy Warhol

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Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé collection breaks records at Christie’s

Portrait of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre BergéOne of the most anticipated art sale events this year so far was the week long viewing exhibition and auction of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé. This stunning collection of antiquities, modern and decorative arts, interior designs, sculptures and everything in between and beyond was collected by the two men during a period of 50 years and now auctioned off by Christie’s and Pierre Bergé Associates in Paris. This Legendary Collection – as Pierre Bergé said – is a piece of art itself. Yves Saint Laurent noted – “Pierre Bergé and I wished for our selection to reflect our favourite pieces and for it to evolve with them, quality being the only criterion to guide us.”

The auction raised a total of €373,935,500 ($483,835,144), which is the world record sum for a private collection sold at auction. The nearly half a billion dollars will benefit the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and a new foundation with the purpose of supporting scientific research and the fight against AIDS. Many blogs and news outlets covered the record breaking sales and some of the controversies, so we decided to include some of the lots with million-dollar hammer prices, categorized according to Christie’s lots.
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Contemporary art million-dollar sales: Warhol, Fanzhi, Dubuffet

Zeng Fanzhi - Andy Warhol Jean DubuffetRecent million dollar contemporary art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

As usual, the competing auction houses were running similar events around the same time. February 5, London, New Bond Street and February 11, London, King Street respectively.

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Mao and Two Marilyns

Two Andy Warhol pieces went for over one million dollars yesterday in London at Christie’s “Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale”

“Mao” – £657,250 ($1,140,986)

“Two Marylins” – £3,737,250 ($6,487,865)