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Christie’s hits jackpot with contemporary art sale

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 01:09

Nov. 15 - Warhol, Basquiat and Koons help Christie's New York break its auction house record at the autumn contemporary art sale. Tara Cleary reports.

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As the bids climbed steadily, Christie's New York was on its way to another record-breaking Contemporary Art sale. Thanks to the popularity of artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the auction house beat its May record, posting sales totaling $412 million U.S. dollars. Confirming the market's confidence in contemporary art says Christie's specialist, Koji Inoue. SOUNDBITE: Koji Inoue, Specialist, Post-War and Contemporary Art Department, Christie's, saying (English): "The market is robust, healthy, objects of great provenance, freshness of the market and coming with very attractive prices, proven to do very, very well. It's amazing that contemporary art has become a blue chip, sort of, value." It was a night for distinctions. Franz Kline's auction record was shattered by more than 30 million dollars. And an untitled work by former street artist Basquiat beat the painter's previous top sale price. A sign, according to Christie's, that this is the beginning of even greater things for the 80's art generation.

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Christie’s hits jackpot with contemporary art sale

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 01:09