ROY LICHTENSTEIN’S I
CAN SEE THE WHOLE ROOM!…AND THERE’S NOBODY IN IT!
FETCHES $43,202,500–A WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST
16 NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORDS
Last evening’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie’s in New York
achieved $247,597,000 (£153,510,140 / €178,269,840), demonstrating the
continuing appeal of this category among collectors worldwide. Thirty-three
works sold above the $1 million mark and 16 new world auction records were
established. In total, sell-through percentages were very strong, with 90% sold
by lot and 87% by value.
“The world’s top 10 collectors were present in the saleroom tonight, and a global
community of collectors was bidding aggressively on works by the preeminent
artists in this category,” said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International
Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s. “This is an extremely
strong sale result.”
The top lot of the sale was Roy Lichtenstein’s I Can See the Whole Room…and
There’s Nobody in It!, which set a new auction record of $43,202,500.
Painted in 1961, it is one of the earliest and most important of Lichtenstein’s
Pop Art pictures, formerly in the collection of the pioneering collectors Emily
and Burton Tremaine. The previous record for a Lichtenstein work was Ohhh
… Alright…, 1964, which sold at Christie’s New York in November 2010
for $42.6 million (£26,785,550 / €31,105,800).
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