Led by $44.9 million final bids for Roy Lichtenstein and Francis Bacon, Sotheby's took in a grand total of $266.6 million with its Contemporary art evening sale on Wednesday. Nearly half of the offered lots went above estimates, with 46 of 57 lots selling.
Lichtenstein's "Sleeping Girl," a Pop art icon, and Bacon's "Figure Reflected in a Mirror," of 1976, easily surpassed their high estimates of $40 million. Lichtenstein achieved an auction record.
Cy Twombly's untitled canvas from 1970 fetched an artist auction record of $17.4 million
Bidding cooled a bit with Andy Warhol works. One went below estimate while his Elvis-cowboy, "Double Elvis (Ferus Type)," sold for $37 million, within its $30 million to $50 million estimate. A 1986 "Campbell's Soup" failed to entice a buyer.
Richard Diebenkorn's Berkeley #67, estimated at $3.5-4.5 million, went unsold. The evening before Christie's sold his Berkeley #59 for a record $6.2 million in its record-smahsing $388.5 million sale.