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: New York City To Hold 'Hometown Heroes' Ticker Tape Parade For Health Care Workers, First Responders, Essential Workers July 7
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: Shocking Video: Masked Cyclist Stabs Delivery Worker In The Back With Large Knife In Woodhaven
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: Road To Reopening: New York City Senior Centers Reopen For Indoor Programming
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