M. Rothko. Number 15. Estimate. $40 000 000. Post War And Contemporary Evening Sale. Christie's. New York, May 13

The auction house Christie’s will put up for sales «Number 15» by Mark Rothko. This lot estimated at $40 000 000 will be represented as a part of American collection of abstract art of expressionists. Christie’s representatives refused to name the seller of the work.

Experts suggest that «Number 15» can make a new record in a price for works by Rothko. At this moment his most expensive work is canvas «White Center» which was sold at Sotheby’s auction for $72 800 000. It was put up for sale by David Rockefeller. It is an interesting fact that Rockefeller promises to give $40 000 000 for charitable purposes after the sales are over. One wonders if it is worth waiting for such generosity from the owner of canvas «Number 15».

Spring sales are in future and one can only guess about new price records. The sale at Sotheby’s and Christie’s totaled at $1 400 000 000.

Mark Rothko (1903–1970) is an American painter who is famous for his abstract pictures and decorative paintings. His real name is Markus Rotkovich. He attended the League of art studying taught by Max Veber. In 1929 he exhibited his works for the first time. His works of that period are romantic compositions which are close to Expressionism in stylistics.

Since the end of 1950s Rothko worked at monumental compositions for the buildings decoration. In 1958 he received an order to make decorative panel for sky-scrapper Seagram Building. However compositions made by the artist were not mounted on the assigned places. Afterwards nine of them were displayed at gallery Tejt in London. Fourteen pictures made for chapel of ecumenical church at Houston (Texas) are considered to be the most famous works of the artist.

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