Record night for contemporary art at Sotheby’s New York

New York, 15 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The contemporary sale organised in New York on 14 May allowed Barnett Newman to set a new sale record, and enabled Gerhard Richter to break the record of all works by living artists sold during auction sales. The session thus gained a total of $294m, with 82.8% of the lots finding buyers. The items on offer were created between 1940 and today.

A work by American painter Barnett Newman, a figure of abstract expressionism, reached the record price of $43.84m. The canvas titled Onement VI represents two triangles in vibrant blue, divided by a clear blue line. Another incredible sale was that of Domplatz, Mailand (Piazza del Duomo, Milan) by Gerhard Richter, an oil created in 1968, which was estimated at about $30m to $40m and was sold for $37.125m to

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