Christie’s Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Sale achieved a total of $16 820 400, with works by Milton Avery, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole commanding the highest prices. Three new world auction records were set for American artists Edwin Willard Deming, Charles H. Humphriss, and Eric Pape.
Eric Widing, Head of American Paintings at Christie’s, states: “Today’s auction demonstrated that American collectors remain hungry for high-quality works by the country’s most venerated artists. Many of the sale’s top lots sold above their high estimates and attracted competitive bids from the crowded saleroom, and from phone and online bidders. We are particularly pleased with the strong prices achieved for works consigned by the Montclair Art Museum and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well as other works with distinguished provenance including Eastman Johnson’s The Old Mount Vernon of 1857. Fittingly, this last painting was purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and will join the permanent collection at George Washington’s historic home.”