A historic night at Christie's in NY as the 19th & 20th Century Art Evening Sale, the first sale in the series from the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, totaled $646,133,594, exceeding the collection estimate by $100 million.
Christie's in NY is selling off the personal collection of art, furniture, ceramics, statuary and decor, over three days.
Napoleon Bonaparte's "Marly Rouge" dessert service has sold at an auction at Christie's NY for a record sum.
That work, which the Mexican artist completed in 1928, went to a private Argentine collector, Eduardo Constantini, for $15.7 million in 2016. That far surpasses the previous record for a collection, one which was set in 2009 by sales of a collection belonging to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, which fetched $484 million.
A Rivera work also holds the record for most paid ever for a Latin American piece of art, not just at auction.
Of the other lots, the "Marly Rouge" porcelain dessert set Napoleon took with him into exile on the island of Elba sold for a staggering $1.8 million, more than seven times higher than the estimated range.
The top lots of the sale were Picasso's, Fillette à la corbeille fleurie, which realized $115,000,000, Monet's Nymphéas en fleur, which totaled $84,687,500, and Matisse's Odalisque couchée aux magnolias, which sold for $80,750,000.
Rockefeller passed away in March 2017 at the age of 101, and his wife of 50 years died in 1996. Proceeds of this sale will go to a number of philanthropies that had been supported by the Rockefellers during their lifetimes.
The service was sold during part one of the Decorative Arts sale of the David and Peggy Rockefeller collection. "Chief among them is pride and gratitude".