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Andy Warhol, Sixty Last Suppers (1986)

Warhol’s massive Sixty Last Suppers shows 60 black-and-white renderings of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous depiction of Jesus Christ’s last meal. The work, offered at Christie’s New York evening sale of post-war and contemporary art in November, was estimated at $53 million. It hammered after a relatively brief barrage of bids at $56 million, or $60.8 million with fees—approximately $1 million per Last Supper.

Carl Fischer. Motif From France . Oil On Canvas

Painting by Carl Fischer (1887 - 1962), signed. Oil on canvas. br> Man standing next to bench, France approx. 1930. Original silver frame. Front glass-mounted (this is removable).

Constantin Brancusi, La muse endormie (1913)

La muse endormie, a bronze egg-shaped sculpture of a head whose partially gilded surface has a matte, mottled effect, in contrast to Brancusi’s well-known sleek and polished bronzes, handily beat its estimate between $25 million and $35 million. It sold for $57.3 million at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale in May and set a new record for the artist. The auction house’s website indicated that this lot was secured with a third-party guarantee, the late addition of which likely raised the estimate from its initial $20 million to $30 million that had been indicated in the printed auction catalogue.

Edvard Weie Bust Painting

Painting by the artist Edvard Weie (1879-1943). Oil on canvas, painted in 'bust style' (head and shoulders), c.1915.

Egill Jacobsen Painting

Egill Jacobsen 1910-1998. Untitled painting. Signed and dated on the reverse: E.J. 63 Egill Jacobsen, Danish Cobra artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen.

Erik Hoppe. Double-Sided Painting

Erik Hoppe 1897-1968. Oil on canvas. Double-sided painting. Painted back-to-back on a single piece of canvas.

Fernand Léger, Contraste de formes (1913)

Like the van Gogh painting, Léger’s Contraste de formes also went up for sale without a guarantee in New York’s November sale at Christie’s, following an embarrassment at the house’s early October London sale when a star lot, a 1971 Francis Bacon painting, failed to reach its reserve and went unsold in the absence of a guarantee. Léger’s canvas, painted at a pivotal moment in the artist’s career, not only sold for $70 million, but smashed the record for the artist, previously set at $39.2 million by La femme en bleu (study) (1912–13) at a 2008 sale at Sotheby’s in New York.

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1963)

Bacon’s triptych had once belonged to famed children’s books author Roald Dahl before passing to the seller who put it on the market at Christie’s this May, where it sold for a total $51.7 million, or $46 million before the buyer’s premium. That fell short of the work’s estimate, provided on request, in excess of $50 million. The portrait was the first painted of Bacon’s lover and muse, who according to (a likely false) legend met the artist while attempting a break-in of his studio.

Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten (1907)

Almost a quarter of the total at Sotheby’s spring London Impressionist and Modern auction total was brought in by Klimt’s vibrant garden scene, Bauerngarten, which sold for just under £48 million, or $59.3 million, a record for a landscape by the Viennese Secessionist artist and the third-highest price for any work of art sold at auction in Europe. It was guaranteed to sell, having been backed by a third-party guarantor. Two Asian collectors chased the canvas, but it went to the house’s specialist for Austria, as Viennese curator Alfred Weidinger predicted to Artsy that it might.

Herdis Gelardi. Still Life Painting

Herdis Gelardi 1916-1991. Still life. Oil on masonite. Painted approx. between 1930-1950. Year 1950 Measurement (cm) H: 54 / 67

Immanuel Ibsen. Still Life Painting

Immanuel Ibsen (1887-1944), Danish painter. Still life with pitcher, jar and fruits. Oil on plywood. Signed: Ib.30. (1930).

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled

The large, intense canvas of a skull on a bright-blue background had not been publicly exhibited in 35 years, according to Sotheby’s, and had been in the collection of Emily and Jerry Spiegel since it was purchased at Christie’s in May 1984 for $19,000. It was handed down to one of the couple’s two daughters, following the deaths of both Mr. and Mrs. Spiegel in 2009. Bidding began at $57 million, a sum that sounded a little cheeky at first, and drew murmurs from the crowd. The murmurs morphed into gasps as that figure, and with it Basquiat’s record, receded into history and the bidding soared. Almost immediately after the gavel fell, Yusaku Maezawa posted a photo on Instagram of himself taken with his prize during a previous trip to see it in New York. “When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible,” he wrote. Maezawa’s $110.4 million purchase, and a previous record-setting Basquiat purchase from 2016, are both destined for public display in Japan.