Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol Art Sold at Christie’s Leads to Highest Auction Record
Legendary auction house Christie’s raked in close to $1 billion dollars in net art sales at a contemporary art auction on Wednesday (Nov. 12), thanks to pieces from Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, among others.
The ground-breaking auction featured iconic modern pieces from coveted artists, including Andy Warhol’s tribute to the King 'Triple Elvis' [Ferus Type] (1960), which sold for a whopping $81.9 million. Jeff Koons’ 'Balloon Monkey' (Orange) (2006–13), also brought in $25.9 million. Meanwhile, 'Reflections on the Prom' (1990), created by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, wasn't too far behind, coming in at $21.4 million.
With 500 bidders from more than 43 countries, the multi-million dollar cash out earned the leader in premier auctions its highest-ever total with $852.9 million in net sales. In addition to topping $745 million, the previous contemporary art sales record set in May by Christie's, the total earnings trumped original sales projections for the auction house founded in 1766, which was estimated to peak between $630 million and $836 million.