A Record-Setting $782,368,375 Auction
on 16 November 2013
With their Post-War and Contemporary Art auction, Christie's set a staggeringly high new sales record. Over $780 million were fetched across two nights of bidding in NYC. The prestigious auction house also broke two other records; the $142.4 million sale of Francis Bacon's triptych of Lucian Freud became the most valuable work of art ever sold at auction (knocking off Edward Munch's "The Scream") and Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" went for $58.4 million, achieving the highest grossing sales for a piece of art ever sold by a living artist at auction. Christie's isn't done yet, as they have an online-only auction accompanying the evening sales, which will run until 19 November 2013.