Christie’s contemporary art auction nets record $495 million, highest ever

Record prices for 12 contemporary artists including Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtensteinand Jean-Michel Basquiat made history on Wednesday night. The sale of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center totalled $495 million, the highest sales figure at any art auction. Even the pros were reeling. “It shows how broad the market is — as in deep pockets,” said the dealer Larry Gagosian.

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