Fashion designer Tom Ford sold a
purple, 9-foot-square, 1986 Andy Warhol “Self-Portrait”
for $32.6 million tonight, as Sotheby’s New York
contemporary-art auction had a buoyant start.
The Warhol’s high presale estimate was $15 million.
Mark Rothko’s nearly 8-foot-tall 1961 “Untitled,”
estimated for $18 million to $25 million, went for $31.4
The evening auction had a presale range of $113.8
million to $161.8 million. The fashion designer Valentino Garavani and investor Nicolas Berggruen were among the
notables in the salesroom.
Last night at Christie’s, a Jasper Johns painting of
the American flag from the estate of author Michael Crichton sold for a record $28.6 million, leading a $231.9
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