Sotheby’s Art Auction. Sotheby’s, a famous place for selling art, recently had a big sale in New York. They were selling art collected by a kind lady named Emily Fisher Landau, who was part of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The sale had 31 pieces of art and made a total of $406 million. That might sound like a lot, but they were hoping for even more.
A White Glove Sale
This sale was called a “white glove sale.” That means all the pieces they offered got sold, which is pretty good. But there’s a twist. Every piece had a minimum price guaranteed by other people, so they had to sell. Still, the sale had its good and not-so-good moments.
The sale started with a painting by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. People began bidding at $100 million, and it eventually reached $121 million. After that, things slowed down.
Great Female Artists
Some really important female artists got a lot of attention. Agnes Martin’s painting “Grey Stone II” sold for a huge $18.7 million, which is a new record for her. Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork “Pink Tulip” also got a lot of love and sold for $4.75 million.
Not Many Living Artists
It’s surprising that there weren’t many living artists in this sale. Glenn Ligon was one of the few, and his artwork “Untitled (I Lost My Voice, I Found My Voice)” sold for $3.2 million.
Some people who collect art thought the sale could have done even better. But they understand that the world is uncertain right now, and that affects how much people are willing to spend.
In the end, the Sotheby’s sale had some good moments, with impressive records set for artists like Agnes Martin and Georgia O’Keeffe. However, it didn’t reach the same heights as some of the really big art auctions in the past.