Christie’s New York Achieves Highest Total for an American Art Auction

Auctioneer and SVP, Director of Trusts, Estates & Appraisals, Tash Perrin selling Gilbert Stuart's George Washington (Vaughan type) for $11,562,500. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2018.

The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Art of the Americas Evening Sale totaled $106,883,500 with seven artist records established. To date, the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller has totaled $765,384,844, and already has established the highest total achieved for any private collection offered at auction during the first night of the sale week. Thus far, 14 artist records have been set within the collection along with additional decorative arts records. The top lot of the sale was Willem de Kooning’s Untitled XIX, which sold for $14.2 million and formerly resided in David Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan office.

Will Haydock, Head of American Art, remarks: “The American art from the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller represents one of the best single owner collections to come to market and this evening collectors responded accordingly. Peggy and David appreciated and cherished this material in the same manner as their Impressionist and Modern masterworks and that allowed us to expose it on a broader, international stage. Both established and new collectors gravitated to the auction and it enabled us to achieve this monumental result. Tonight’s sale set a record total for any American Art auction, with strong results achieved across all time periods of the category. There was a particular interest in works commissioned by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller one the first true pioneers and patrons of Modernism in the United States, as seen with the records set for Rivera, Sheeler and Hirsch.” 

Sales of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller continues with on the Fine Art Day Sale, English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations Part II and Travel and Americana on 10 May. The Online only sale continues until Friday 11 May.


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