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5.15.2013

Gerhard Richter hold a New Record at Sothebys NYC

Good evening contemporary art lovers! 
The paintings by Gerhard Richter, 81, snapped up the price of gold. Domplatz, Mailand, oil representing the Piazza del Duomo in Milan, was sold Tuesday in New York for a whopping $ 37, 125 million to collector Don Bryant, founder of the California vineyard Bryant Family Vineyard Napa. It was auctioned for $ 37.1 million last night at an auction at Sotheby's in New York.

The German artist ever held the previous record with Abstraktes Bild (890-4), sold for $ 34.2 million last October by Sotheby's in London. Since then, he is considered the most expensive living artist in the world. The retrospective which had been devoted to the Pompidou center between June and September 2012 had attracted 425,000 visitors. A success in merging abstract and figurative painter, yet often overlooked on this side of the Rhine.

Dedicated to contemporary art, the sale proved disappointing for other parts, such as a painting of Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait of PL, estimated between 30 and 40 million, but did not find lessee.

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