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Eric Clapton’s Richter, Record de Kooning Spur Big Returns

  • Rock star sells last of his Richter trio for $22.1 million
  • Christie’s contemporary art auction hauls in $277 million
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Eric Clapton’s painting by Gerhard Richter fetched $22.1 million at Christie’s in New York on Tuesday, helping the rock star reap a hefty profit on his investment.

The 7-foot-tall “Abstraktes Bild (809-2)" was part of a trio of Richter paintings Clapton bought for $3.4 million in 2001. With this sale, the three brought in a total of $77.2 million, according to Christie’s.