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.
Before the clock struck six last night, David Rubenstein, managing director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, was at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall talking business -- the culture business, that is -- with Reynold Levy, the president of the Manhattan performing arts complex.
Paul McCarthy’s animated, life size- mannequin tableau “Cultural Gothic” at first suggests a benign department store window display. It actually depicts a boy having sexual intercourse with a stuffed goat, as his father approvingly looks on.