Art collection sells for £188m in New York
A collection of art works, including paintings by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, have sold for £188 million after going under the hammer in New York.
Matisse’s 1937 painting L’Odalisque, Harmonie Blueue, set a new record fetching £16 million at Christie’s.
Previously the highest selling Matisse work had gone for £10.3 million.
Picasso’s Femme Accroupie au Costume Turc (Jacqueline) meanwhile sold for £14 million.
The auction was considered such a success, the failure to sell a piece by Paul Cezanne, which had been expected to fetch more than £7 million, failed to dampen spirits.
Christie’s honorary chairman Christopher Burge said: ‘Broadly speaking, it was an extraordinary result.
‘It exceeded our wildest hopes.’