$49.8 M. Francis Bacon Portrait Leads Solid $397.1 M. Christie’s Contemporary Sale, Records Fall for Joan Mitchell, Robert Gober, Morris Louis

The mood in the room was tame, but the house racked up big numbers nonetheless, selling 58 of 64 lots. Read More

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Kerry James Marshall Painting Sells for Record-Smashing $21.1 M in Sotheby’s High-Flying $284.5 M Contemporary Art Evening Sale

A few lots into Sotheby’s evening sale of contemporary art earlier on Wednesday night, the African-American artist Kerry James Marshall’s masterful and brilliantly narrative painting Past Times from 1997, a work included in his recent and celebrated retrospective, fetched a … Read More

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New Records for Malevich, Brancusi at Strong $415.8 M. Christie’s Impressionist-Modern Sale

Only four of the 37 lots on offer failed to find buyers at the auction, which seem unhindered by the withdrawal of two pictures reportedly consigned by embattled casino magnate Steve Wynn. Read More

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