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.
Scott Noggle had just finished posing for photographs on the second floor of Robert and Margo Alexander’s home in East Hampton, with a view of the Napeague Bay. Now the scientist was poolside, describing his research in Manhattan and turning down offers of crab cakes, shrimp, and roast beef on toast.