NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Major works by Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein brought in over $88 million at a Sotheby’s auction of contemporary art on the Upper East Side.
Rothko’s “Untitled (Yellow and Blue)” fetched $46.4 million Tuesday night. The 8-foot-tall abstract painting of large yellow and blue planes, created in 1954, once hung at the National Gallery in Washington for 10 years.READ MORE: Pfizer: COVID Vaccine Booster Appears To Protect Against Omicron Variant
Lichtenstein’s “The Ring (Engagement)” garnered $41.7 million. The 1962 work was sold by philanthropist Stefan Edlis. Last month, the Art Institute of Chicago announced Edlis was donating a group of 42 pop and contemporary artworks valued at about $40 million.READ MORE: Man Sets Fire To Christmas Tree Outside Fox News Building In Midtown
The current Rothko auction record is nearly $87 million. Lichtenstein’s is $56 million.
The Sotheby’s auction came a day after Pablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” set a world record for artwork at auction at Christie’s at Rockefeller Plaza, selling for nearly $179.4 million.MORE NEWS: NYPD Pulls 2,000 Body Cameras After One Catches Fire
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