The trend toward broadening tastes at auction picked up steam at Christie’s with the Hockney and new highs for works by two African-American artists.
In three auctions, there were some formidable prices, though eyebrows were raised at a number of intimidating estimates. And there were failures.
Chinese collectors flock to London to buy items from their country’s Imperial past, attracted by pieces with ownership histories that guarantee authenticity.
The executor of the estate, which is involved in several legal issues, said the money will go to pay lawyers and repair the artist’s leaky house.
“Knowledge and Wonder” was to be sold at Christie’s on Nov. 15, but arts advocates and Mr. Marshall had criticized the move by the city of Chicago.
The maximalist, cross-cultural decorating style favored by the two Frenchmen has long been admired as an antidote to the minimalism of contemporary interiors.
Colored diamonds and more contemporary designs are among the trends as Christie’s prepares for Magnificent Jewels, a much-anticipated sale.
A portrait produced by artificial intelligence sold for more than 40 times Christie’s initial estimate of $7,000-$10,000.
Since becoming the house’s chief executive four years ago, he is closing in on his target of $1 billion in annual sales.