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Cy Twombly Tops $178.4 Million Christie's Sale

  • February 12, 2015 18:48

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A 1970 Cy Twombly "blackboard" painting sold for $30 million in London.
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One of Cy Twombly's scribbly "blackboard" works fetched $30 million to lead Christie's auction in London. The Wednesday sale brought a total $178.4 million, trailing competitior Sotheby's sale total of $188.2 million earlier in the week.

The auction record price for Twombly, who died in 2011, was for another "chalkboard" painting that garnered $69.6 million last November.

Christie's said the 1970 Twombly painting was offered with a guaranteed selling price, and Bloomberg reported the seller was Leonard Riggio, former chairman and founder of Barnes & Noble.

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