Francis Bacon. Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground), 1964. Francis Bacon. Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (on light ground), 1964.

 

Top lot of the evening's sale was Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer, although anticipated the battle between the four bidders, including Chairman of Sotheby's Asia Patti Wong was thrilling. The high estimate of $25.2 million was quickly surpassed and the established price is a new benchmark for a small-scale triptych by the artist at $45.400.274.

 

David Ostrowski David Ostrowski

 

Yesterday's evening sale saw several successful debuts. The sale's youngest artist David Ostrowski makes a first appearance in an evening sale reaping $209.500. A work by Chinese Jia Ailli premiers on the western market and sells for $353.177 and the first Gerhard Richter tapestry to hit the auction market sold for $1.5 million.

 

Cindy Sherman, Self-Portrait (1985) Cindy Sherman, Self-Portrait (1985)

 

A particularly fascinating self-portrait by Cindy Sherman, a Vanity Fair  commission, sold for $517.367.

 

Gerhard Richter tapestry Gerhard Richter tapestry

 

New auction records were set when Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie work sold for $2.4 million, four times it's high estimate and Frank Auerbach's Primrose Hill went under the hammer for $3.95 million. After much speculation prior to the sale Scottish artist Peter Doig's Country-Rock (wing-mirror) sold for well under $17+ million leaving Damien Hirst's Golden Calf undefeated in being the most expensive artwork sold at auction by a British artist. Doig however broke his own auction record when the painting sold for $14.432.974.

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