Jackson Pollock painting, $58.36 million, Christie’s
Gavels ‘n’ Paddles
Recent Auctions from Near & Far
By Ken Hall
An oil and enamel on paper mounted on canvas by Jackson Pollock, painted in 1948 and titled Number 19, sold for $58.36 million – a new world auction record for the artist – at a Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction held May 15 by Christie’s in New York. Also, Roy Lichtenstein’s Magna on canvas titled Woman With Flowered Hat (1963) soared to $56.12 million (also a new world auction record for the artist); and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Dustheads (1982) garnered $48.84 million (also a record). Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.