Stars bid for Crichton's art collection
Thursday 13 May 2010
There was nothing make-believe about the prices paid at Christie's auction house in Manhattan when art belonging to the late science-fiction novelist Michael Crichton went under the hammer and drew enthusiastic bids from such ardent collectors Larry Gagosian and fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
Highlights from the estate of the Jurassic Park author, who died in 2008, included Robert Rauschenberg's 1964 work Trapeze, which sold for $6.4m (£4.3m). But no single lot caused more of a tremor than Flag by Jasper Johns, who turns 80 this weekend. Expected to fetch up to $15m, it went for $28.6m.
"It's a very fair price," said the winning bidder, who asked to remain anonymous. "It's an iconic picture, and it's probably the last opportunity we'll have to obtain a picture by one of the great American masters."
The collection harvested $93.3m, well in excess of the expected $23.7m, giving a boost to an arts market that sagged through much of the recession.
$28.6m 'Flag', Jasper Johns
$11m Studio paintings, Rauschenberg
$3.2m 'Push/pull', Tansey
$6.6m 'Femmes and fillettes', Picasso
$600,000 'Jim Beam', Koons
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
Best underrated Christmas movies from Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food