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Five Artists in the News: A Basquiat double whammy plus auction records for Ana Mendieta and Felix Gonzalez-Torres

3 min read  ·  15 May 2024

Untitled (ELMAR) by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $46.48m. Image courtesy of Phillips

A $46m Jean-Michel Basquiat and a work by in-demand artist Jadé Fadojutimi were among the 77% of lots selling above their low estimate at Phillips, New York, a sale that totaled $86.02m. See the HENI news report.

Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Lynette Yiadom Boakye were among the 40% of lots selling above their low estimate at Christie's $60.86m evening sale. See the HENI News report for all the highlights.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres led Christie's sale of the Rosa de la Cruz Collection. His string of lighbulbs sold for $13.63m, setting a new auction record. But a big-ticket Brice Marden was withdrawn. For more highlights, see the HENI News report.

Martin Wong's auction record was broken by a $1.3m sale at Christie’s. HENI News

Ana Mendieta’s auction record jumped by 175%, when her work sold for $567,000 at Christie's. HENI News

On this day

On May 15, 1967, Edward Hopper died, aged 84. “A six foot, five inch lumbering man… [the artist] accepted his belated success calmly,” wrote The Times of the artist, who died in his studio in Washington Square.