Barnett Newman’s Blue Hued Painting Sold for $43.8 Million at Sotheby’s

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The highlight at the auction of contemporary art at Sotheby’s New York sale was a large 1953 painting by abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman. His blue hued painting, “Onement VI” was sold for $43.8 million and set the auction record for his work. The previous record for artist’s work was $22.4 million, paid just a year ago for another canvas in the same series.

Barnett Newman's Onement VI

Another record price was paid for Gerhard Richter’s “Domplatz, Mailand [Cathedral Square, Milan]” from 1968, which sold for $37,125,000 – making it the most expensive work ever sold at auction by a living artist. Four other paintings sold for more than $20 million, including Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Unconscious” (1946). The auction totaled $293.6 million, above its low estimate of $283.9 million but well below its $382.9 million high.

Gerhard Richter’s Domplatz, Mailand - Cathedral Square, Milan

Jackson Pollock’s Blue Unconscious

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