Lichtenstein’s $45 Million Sale

New record for Lichtenstein at Sotheby’s postwar auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping Girl” sold for nearly $45 million on Wednesday, setting a record for the pop artist at Sotheby’s $267 million auction of postwar and contemporary art.

The 1964 canvas, executed in the artist’s signature, commercially influenced comic-book style, made its high estimate with a hammer price of $40 million. Along with Francis Bacon’s “Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror,” it achieved the night’s top price of $40 million, or $44,882,500 including commission.

The sale, which capped two weeks of sales at Sotheby’s and rival Christie’s that were marked by numerous records including the most expensive work ever sold at auction, took in $266,591,000, against a pre-sale estimate of $215 million to $304 million. Estimates do not include commission.

Time to get on hand on the prints….=P

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