Andy Warhol led Sotheby’s biggest auction as the Pop Art icon’s silk-screen painting “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” sold for $105.4 million in New York.
French billionaire Bernard Arnault and U.S. financier Henry Kravis browsed France’s largest art fair as a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting and a wrecked Ferrari were among early big-ticket sales last night.
Picasso, Basquiat and de Kooning works sold for $4 million or more as collectors took their pick of as much as $2 billion worth of art in London.
An Old Master painting found in Africa sold in London last night for $9.6 million as big-ticket art buyers looked beyond the contemporary buzz of Frieze.
London’s Frieze Week starts today with a record 10 fairs, about as many auctions and numerous dealer shows boosting the value of the art on sale to as much as $2 billion.
The Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is playing it safe. Presenting the first retrospective of the U.S. photographer Larry Clark in France, it has restricted access to visitors over 18.
Two years ago, artist Oscar Murillo, now 27, cleaned offices to put himself through art school. His paintings sold for less than $3,000.
Paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Doig and Gerhard Richter starred in a $127 million sale as the auction market for contemporary art continued to grow.
Christie’s International’s first- half sales increased 9 percent, boosted by records set for Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the most expensive art auction ever held.
Even before Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at 27, his friends began selling the paintings he’d given them, cashing in on his meteoritic success.