After an iconic white flower painting ranked the work of Georgia O'Keeffe at the top of the market for any female artist, mystery shrouded the identity of the buyer. "Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1" provoked a fierce battle between two unknown phone bidders who sent it to a final record price of $44.4 million (estimate: $15 million) at Sotheby's last fall.
New Mexico's Georgia O'Keeffe Museum sold the work to support an acquisitions fund. And now another museum will host the 1932 painting.
Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, was the buyer of the record-setting Georgia O'Keeffe, along with a major Jasper Johns, last year, as first reported by Lee Rosnbaum of CultureGrrl.