Christie's Record-Setting Auction Is a Win Against Sotheby's

This untitled 1988 painting by Martin Kippenberger sold for $18.6 million at Christie's "If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday” auction in New York

Christie’s auction on Monday, a bold and risky experiment titled “If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday,” set 16 world auction records and exceeded even the most optimistic expectations by raising $134.6 million. The Manhattan sale was noteworthy not just for what sold—the kind of in-your-face contemporary works known to send some politicians over the edge—but for how the sale transpired.

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