Classics: Auction in New York, the Macklowe Art Collection on the Route of a Record

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Une peinture noire de Jackson Pollock, © Courtesy of Sotheby's A black paint of Jackson Pollock, "Number 17, 1951", sold $ 61.1 million, has Battled the auction record for the American artist died in 1956.

Consequence of their divorce, the sale of a part of the collection of modern and contemporary art of the Richissime New York couple Macklowe totaled $ 676 million in A memorable auction evening Monday night at Sotheby's.

Warhol, Rothko, Giacometti, Picasso ... In a little over two hours, the 35 paintings and sculptures have all been sold.

In total, they reported $ 676 million, the highest amount of all history in one night at Sotheby's. A second part of the Macklowe collection still needs to be sold in the spring of 2022, which could allow it to exceed the Record of Peggy Collections and David Rockefeller ($ 835 million in 2018 at Christie's).

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Sign of the appetite of buyers, four works exceeded $ 50 million. A performance greeted by the applause of the public, back after several virtual seasons to drink champagne and attend the sale, seventh floor of Sotheby's headquarters in New York.

"This is a great tribute from the market for a collection that has been built with ruthlessness," commented on an expert in art present, Erica Samuels.

But if one could again participate physically at the auction, it is from Asia, by telephone, that the most important lots have been purchased. Like the "n ° 7" painting of the American Marc Rothko (1903-1970), representing three broad and deep color bands, the most expensive of the evening ($ 82.4 million), or "the nose" d Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), an impressive hanging bronze ($ 78.3 million).

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a black paint of Jackson Pollock, "Number 17, 1951", sold $ 61.1 million, broke the record for the American artist died in 1956, while a monumental work of the abstract painter Cy Twombly Representative of red swirls, is party for $ 58.8 million.

- Houleux Divorce -

A New York, the sale of two canvases of the Master of Pop-Art Andy Warhol was also expected: his cebrissime "Nine MaryLins" (1962), series of faces of the American star Marylin Monroe, in black and White, was sold for $ 47.3 million, while a "Sixteen Jackies" found takers for $ 33.8 million. This table, consisting of sixteen faces from Kennedy Jackie on a blue background, was estimated at $ 15-20 million by Sotheby's, a price widely exceeded by auction that climbed millions in millions.

This auction is the consequence of the divorce delivered in 2018 between the Harry Macklowe Real Estate Promoter and his wife Linda Burg, honorary director of Met Museum, who formed a richissime couple having amassed an impressive collection of works of art for their residences , in New York and in the Hamptons.

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After a mediated and stormy separation - Harry Macklowe had shown his face and that of his new wife, Patricia Landeau, on the facade of one of his buildings in New York in 2019 - justice had imposed the sale of the Collection, the former couple failing to agree on the value of the works. At the beginning of the sale, Sotheby's confirmed that it had brought its guarantee to all the lots sold.

The evening also saw Picasso, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns or Sigmar Polke.

Sotheby's and Christie's Auction Homes posted their optimism for this fall season, ensuring sufficient supply to satisfy the demand, remained high despite the health crisis.

Thus, last week, Christie's has elapsed all the lots of the Collection of Industrial Téxan dead in 2020 Ed Cox, including the biggest names of the Impressionists, including a Table of Gustave Caillebotte who sprayed the record of the French painter, at $ 53 million.

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