Between them, Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips set ten records between November 9 and 18, 2021.
Christie's topped $1.1 bn in sales, with a much-publicized record for Caillebotte: the $46 M paid by the Getty Museum for Young Man at his Window.
These sales garnered some $2.5 bn, including $1.33 bn for Drahi's auction house alone: another all-time record for Sotheby's, with 96% of lots sold to bidders from 48 different countries. It set a record for Jackson Pollock: Number 17 from 1951, which sold for $53 M. Christie's topped $1.1 bn in sales, with a much-publicized record for Gustave Caillebotte: the $46 M paid by the Getty Museum for Jeune homme à sa fenêtre (Young Man at his Window). With Phillips, contemporary artists made a fine showing: a 2011 painting by American artist Raymond Pettibon soared up to $2.8 M. Phillips also honored the dynamic energy of Eastern European schools, including the vogue for Ewa Juszkiewicz: at $580,000, the Polish artist roundly crushed her previous 2017 record of $4,000 in Warsaw.