Thursday, May 17, 2007

Spending Cheese

This Mark Rothko, "White Center (Yellow,Pink and Lavender on Rose)" sold for $72.84 million at Sotheby's on Tuesday night.

This Andy Warhol, "Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I)" from the pop artist's Death and Disaster series, went for $71.72 million on Wednesday at Christie's.

"It was one of the most remarkable sales I've ever seen," said Christie's honorary chairman Christopher Burge, who also served as auctioneer. Post-war art broke the $70 million mark for a second straight night on Wednesday as Christie's sold a record-smashing $385 million worth of contemporary art, the second-highest total for any auction in history.

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