Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur De Merpres’s painting titled “Temple Festival in Bali” was sold for HK$7,700,000 ($993,666) by Christie’s at the Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art auction in Hong Kong on May 30, 2011
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A René Magritte painting title “La recherche de l’absolu” was sold for £657,250 ($1,055,544) by Christie’s at the “The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale” auction on February, 9 2011. Among the great surrealist works that were auctioned, René Magritte’s other painting “L’aimant” sold for the most, an amazing £4,745,250 including buyer’s premium.
A rare Patek Philippe wristwatch was sold for HK$5,540,000 ($716,288) at Christie’s Hong Kong auction recently.
Roy Lichtenstein’s work “Ohhh…Alright…” sells for a record $42,642,500 at Christie’s Post-war and Contemporary Evening Sale on Nov 10, 2010.
Plenty of Warhol, Duchamp, Koons, Richter, Pollock and others were also sold, many in the million dollar range so we’ll have a dedicated post for those soon.
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Well, now you know: The four letter word had the highest payout ever. Yoshitomo Nara’s painting titled “Fuck 2002″ was bought in London on June 30, 2008 for a stunning $672,139 While the price is less than our usual threshold for coverage, but this is a major sales event nevertheless.
About Yoshimoto Nara
“Tokyo-based artist Yoshitomo Nara creates deceptively simple paintings, sculptures, and drawings that invite us to reconnect with the defiant spirit that comes with youthful optimism and the belief that we may someday be able to change the world. Like the punk rock music that inspires him, Nara’s work emerges out of the despair of feeling invisible in a world where it seems like “nothing ever happens.” Exploring Nara’s realm and its inhabitants can be as bewildering and delightful as taking one of Alice’s trips through Wonderland. His characters are devilish, fairy-tale strange, and not afraid to embrace the experiences of anxiety, fear, and escape into fantasy that define human existence at any age.” – source: San Jose Museum of Art