Gerhard Richter

De Kooning painting fetches record $66.3M in NYC

A large painting from one of Willem de Kooning's most productive periods sold for $66.3 million at Christie's auction of contemporary art.

"Untitled XXV" set a new auction record for a work by the abstract expressionist artist at its sale Tuesday evening in New York. When the painting was auctioned in 2006, it sold for $27.1 million, then a record for any work of post-war and contemporary art.

Another major work at the auction was a painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter now owned by British singer-songwriter Eric Clapton. Christie's said "Abstract Painting" fetched just over $20 million.

De Kooning's "Untitled XXV" was executed...

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