Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I), 1963
Estimated. $25 – 35 millones

Photo courtesy of Christie's

CHRISTIE’S ESTABLISHES HIGHEST POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART SALE TOTAL IN HISTORY AT $384,654,400 AND CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THE HIGH END OF THE MARKET



May 18th 2007 - New York – This evening, Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sale became the most valuable auction ever in the category, and the second highest art auction in history at $384,654,400. The sale’s highlight was Andy Warhol’s epic Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) which sold for $71.7 million. Seventeen works sold above $5 million and 74% of the works sold above their pre-sale estimate. Buyers were 47% American, 19% European, 18% Asian and 16% other. Christie’s achieved the world record for any art auction when its November 2006 Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale realized $491 million.


“This evening’s sale was not only historic because it set the record total for any Post-War and Contemporary Art sale,” said Brett Gorvy, Deputy Chairman and International Co-Head of Post- War and Contemporary Art. “We curated our sale around a rich variety of the highest quality works and most coveted artists in order to serve our diverse, global clients. We helped them to achieve their main goal: finding the next iconic work that fits their collecting pattern, whether it is Pop Art, Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism or cutting-edge contemporary.”

 

Top 10 most expensive paintings at this auction

Lot / Price / Estimate / Buyer
15 $71,720,000 £36,040,201 €52,735,294 $25,000,000-35,000,000 Anonymous
Andy Warhol, Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I), 1963
WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST


18 $28,040,000 £14,090,452 €20,617,647 Estimate on request Anonymous
Andy Warhol, Lemon Marilyn, 1962
SECOND HIGHEST PRICE AT AUCTION FOR THE ARTIST


21 $26,920,000 £13,527,638 €19,794,118 $20,000,000-25,000,000 Anonymous
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1954
SECOND HIGHEST PRICE AT AUCTION FOR THE ARTIST


34 $22,440,000 £11,276,382 €16,500,000 $14,000,000-18,000,000 Anonymous
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1961


29 $19,080,000 £9,587,940 €14,029,412 Estimate on request Anonymous
Willem de Kooning, Untitled I, 1981


25 $17,400,000 £8,743,719 €12,794,118 Estimate on request US Trade
Jasper Johns, Figure 4, 1959
WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST


13 $9,840,000 £4,944,724 €7,235,294 $5,000,000-7,000,000 Anonymous
Donald Judd, Untitled, 1977 (77-41 Bernstein), 1977
WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST


40 $8,216,000 £4,128,643 €6,041,176 $5,500,000-6,500,000 Anonymous
Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1966-1967


24 $7,992,000 £4,016,080 €5,876,471 $5,000,000-7,000,000 US Private
Andy Warhol, Four-Foot Flowers, 1964


39 $7,880,000 £3,959,799 €5,794,118 $7,000,000-9,000,000 US Private
Clyfford Still, 1955-D, PH-387, 1955


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