The biggest museum fundraising campaign in San Francisco history is nearing its $610 million goal two years before the opening of a new wing that will more than double the space for artworks by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and David Hockney.
A sculpture of an inflatable dolphin by Jeff Koons sold for $5 million. A 1971 Sigmar Polke painting depicting purple monkeys, an alligator and a penis was snapped up for $4.5 million. An abstract painting by Joan Mitchell fetched $1.5 million.
Andy Warhol’s $32 million self- portrait and Willem de Kooning’s $15 million painting of a redheaded woman will tempt billionaires from Qatar, Hong Kong and Moscow at the world’s largest modern and contemporary art fair this week in Switzerland.