Setting a new world record for the artist, one of Art Deco’s most prominent artists, Tamara de Lempicka, lead Christie’s recent Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on February 5. Portrait de Marjorie Ferry sold for $21,164,000, marking the first time a female artist has lead an Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.
Other notable sales include George Grosz’s Gefährliche Straße (Dangerous Road) of 1918, a frightening vision of Berlin at the outbreak of World War I, which set a record for the artist at $12,662,325.
Despite overall sales being down, this was still a banner year for art auctions, with a huge number of world record-setting sales. Many people are calling the end of this decade a new Gilded Age, and collectors all over the world have been willing to spend enormous sums, on everything from 19th-century Impressionists to Post-Modern masters and iconic street artists. This insatiable appetite for art has been affected by global uncertainties and trade wars, but interest remains strong.
Before the Shot, an iconic painting by Norman Rockwell, was one of the top lots at Phillips New York’s 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale on November 14. Estimated at $2,500,000 - 4,500,000, the work sold for $4,700,000. This is the first time Before the Shot has been sold publicly. The auction overall realized $108 million, a 22 percent increase from the previous year.