The first items were auctioned off this week in their Masterworks auction, which included 43 lots from the Mellon estate.

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The lots included two important paintings by Mark Rothko which sold for $39,925,000 and $ 36,565,000. The lots also included works by René Magritte, Édouard Manet and Georgia O'Keeffe.


100% of the lots sold at the auction, also known as a white glove sale, which is a rare feat. If this auction is any indication of how the next Mellon estate auctions will go, Sotheby's can expect November to end on a very lucrative note.

The next auction, Jewels & Objects of Vertu, is set for November 20 followed by Interiors on November 21 – 23.

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