NEW YORK (AP) — After a night in which Christie's sold a painting of a sexy nude by Amedeo Modigliani for $170.4 million — just a few million short of the auction record for a work of art— the auction house returned Tuesday to garner $332 million in sales of iconic works by Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Lucian Freud and others.
Monday night's specially curated "The Artist's Muse" sale, which totaled $491 million, set a number of new artist records at auction.
Modigliani's "Reclining Nude" joined the ranks of nine other works that have reached price tags exceeding $100 million at auction and became the second-most expensive artwork sold at auction. Christie's said the buyer was the Long Museum in China.
Pablo Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" sold at Christie's in May for $179.4 million, and it remains the highest sum ever paid for an artwork at auction.
"Nurse," a painting by Roy Lichtenstein not seen on the market for 20 years, sold for $95.3 million Monday night, almost doubling the previous auction record for the pop artist of $56 million.
The Tuesday evening sale of post-war and contemporary art was not expected to garner such stratospheric prices. Here are the highlights:
"Four Marilyns" by Andy Warhol.
Pre-sale estimate: around $40 million. It sold for $36 million.
Notable: The work was created in 1962. The cadmium orange of the canvas" background defines Monroe's halo of golden hair and the pink tones of her complexion. It was made in 1962.
"Brigadier" by Lucian Freud
Presale estimate: around $30 million. It sold for $34.8 million.
Notable: This is a portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles, the former husband of Camilla Parker-Bowles, now the wife of Prince Charles. It portrays the career soldier wearing his sumptuous army brigadier uniform.
"Spatial Concepts. The End of God" by Lucio Fontana
Presale estimate: around $25 million. It sold for a record $29.1 million, topping the artist's previous auction record of $24.6 million.
Notable: Created in 1963-1964, the large monochromatic, human-sized, egg-shaped canvas is punctuated and perforated with irregular holes, some craterous in shape, and covered in bright yellow oil paint.
"Spider" by Louise Bourgeois
Pre-sale estimate: $25 million to $35 million. It sold for a record $28.1 million.
Notable: A mammoth bronze sculpture. The price exceeded the artist's previous auction record of $10.7 million and set a record for a sculpture by a female artist.
"Two Studies for Portrait" by Francis Bacon
Presale estimate: $12 million to $18 million. Failed to sell.
Notable: A diptych in which the artist's strong features are intertwined with the more refined chiseled features of his friend, the American photographer Peter Beard.
"Untitled" By Christopher Wool
Presale estimate: around $18 million. Sold for $16.9 million.
Notable: Part of Wool's text-based series of paintings. The 1990 work replicates a catchphrase from the 1957 film noir "Sweet Smell of Success: "The cat's in the bag, and the bags in the river," which the artist shortened to "Cats In Bag Bags In River" in bold lettering. A similar version of the work using the same phrase is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.