Christie’s tally of $36.7 million for its New York Old Masters sale fell short of its $39-$56 million estimate, and its sell-through rate was just 70%. All the same, a number of works sold well above estimates at the January 26th two-session auction, at which Christie’s managed to snag two new world artists auction records.
The top lot was Luca Carlevarijs’ “View of the Molo, Venice, looking West,” which sold for a record $4 million, right in the middle of its $3.5-$4.5 million estimate. Another highlight was the $2.76 million paid forÂ Pompeo Girolamo Batoni’s “Venus Caressing Cupid, ” which more than tripled its estimate of $400-$600,000.
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