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Warhol Coke Bottle: Hot out of the gate to $22m. Then slow, excruciatingly slow to $31m in 500k increments with 8 bidders showing their hands. Finally knocked down @ $31.5m hammer.
Warhol Last Supper makes the high est. At $6m
Lichtenstein Ice Cream Soda gets stranded @ $11m. Finally, another bidder comes in and then a third to make $12.5m.
Rothko goes to $20m on the irrevocable bid. Sells at low estimate.
Gorky, Housatonic eager phone bidder takes on all comers til $1.1m them out. Serious money dukes it out to $3.2m
De Kooning Montauk also slow starting. Creeps up to $8.8m on 2 bidders.
Rauschenberg pokes through the high estimate to make $7.1m
Bacon Cricketer goes back and forth until they run out of steam at $12.5m
Bourgeois Spider has very eager bidder on the phone with Sotheby’s Barker but gets away for $3.1m despite the $800k high estimate. Seven bidders did their part.
Richter Abstraktesbild goes for a nice round $10m
Richter Sailors gets $11.75m
Noguchi sells for $3.1m
Mehretu for $2m
Stingel passes @ $500k