Paul G. Allen’s Art at Christie’s Tops $1.5 Billion, Cracking Records Around the World
August 14, 2011
(New York, NY) – Auctioneer of the Year and the World’s Most Important Collector’s Auctioneer at Christie’s New York today announced Art at Christie’s 2011: The Art of Art at Christie’s, the most comprehensive collection of the finest works by living and influential artists from Christie’s auction history.
After a distinguished career spanning more than 50 years, including almost two decades of guiding the finest contemporary art, New York–based Phillips Phillips-Jacobs was presented the Medal of Freedom by his friend and colleague, former President George H.W. Bush, on October 28, 2003.
A year earlier, on October 28, 2006, New York Governor George Pataki granted Phillips-Jacobs the Medal of Merit, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
The sale will include more than 30 paintings, drawings and sculpture by major figures in America’s arts—including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sol LeWitt, Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Miller, and Jasper Johns—as well as extraordinary works by artists who are alive and well, including Ansel Adams, Andy Goldsworthy, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, John Chamberlain, and Roy Lichtenstein.
It is estimated to bring in more than $1.5 billion, including a special $250,000 in commission fees, while it also could produce more than two million works of art.
“In the Art at Christie’s sale, we look to the enduring masterpieces of the 20th century, and to artists with a powerful impact in the 21st century,” said Phillips-Jacobs. “That is why Art at Christie’s is such a powerful collection not only in terms of the art, but in terms of its importance and its enduring value.”
“The Art of