With a flurry of bids on Tuesday evening, Christie’s jumped into the record books. This week, the New York City auction house is hosting a three-day sale of iconic art pieces from the collection of the late Peggy and David Rockefeller. Thanks to the wealth amassed by the family, the pair had built up one of the most important art collections in the world.
According to Christie’s, the first night of bidding resulted in $646 million in sales. The slate of pieces – which include items from 19th and 20th-century artists like Juan Gris, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet – was a record breaker for the “most valuable collection sold at auction,” CNN reported.
The piece with the highest price tag was a 1905 portrait by Pablo Picasso titled “Fillette a la corbeille fleurie.” The painting sold for $115 million and is from the artist’s “Rose” period, a stretch of time when Picasso was still relatively unknown and dirt poor, scratching out a meager bohemian living in Paris’s Montmartre.
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