Blackwell’s Island by Edward Hopper Reached $19 Million at Christie’s Auction

Edward Hopper's Blackwell’s Island, the work, which has never been offered at auction, is estimated at $15-20 million

As we announced Blackwell’s Island by Edward Hopper was leading at Christie’s American Art sale on Thursday. The 1928 painting that has never come to auction sold for just over $19 million.

The large-scale oil (five feet wide) depicts the island from across the East River against a dark silhouette of buildings.

Blackwell’s Island by Edward Hopper

Originally known as Hog Island and today known as Roosevelt Island (renamed for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1971), Blackwell’s Island has a rather notorious history. Its varied architecture and isolation is likely what attracted Hopper to the locale.

This painting has been exhibited at renowned institutions, such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute. Most recently, it was included in the first major retrospective of Hopper’s work at the Grand Palais in Paris.

The current Hopper record is $26.9 million for “Hotel Window.”


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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.


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