Even without a “speech” or “thought bubble” (which usually drives up the price of a Lichtenstein), Nurse was sold for a record $95.4 million at the Christie’s auction on November 9th.
Here are some of the news reports from around the world that exemplify the excitement that the sale generated:
From The Wall Street Journal:
Christie’s also reset the record for Roy Lichtenstein by selling his comic-style Pop painting of a “Nurse” to a lone telephone bidder for $95.4 million, over its $80 million estimate. The 1964 work, which shows a nurse in a white cap covered in tiny red Ben-Day dots, surpassed the artist’s previous auction high of $56.1 million, set two years ago by a 1963 work, “Woman with Flowered Hat.”
From Il Figaro, Paris:
EXCLUSIVITÉ – Profitant de la Frieze Art Fair à Londres, Christie’s a annoncé la vente le 9 novembre prochain de la toile mythique du pop art américain. Elle pourrait franchir les 100 millions de dollars
[Translation: EXCLUSIVE – Taking advantage of the Frieze Art Fair in London, Christie’s announced the sale on November 9 of the legendary American pop art canvas. It could cross the $ 100 million mark.]
From The New York Times:
An arresting pop art work by Roy Lichtenstein, “Nurse,” from 1964, also defied expectations, selling for $95.4 million, with fees, to another phone buyer, well above its $80 million estimate — despite the lack of a “speech” or “thought bubble” that typically drives up the price of Lichtenstein works. “Nurse” reached a new price level for Lichtenstein at auction.
From the Swiss News Service:
La toile de Roy Lichtenstein “Nurse” (l’infirmière) a elle été adjugée, en quelques minutes, 95,3 millions de dollars. Elle était estimée à 80 millions par Christie’s. C’est presque le double du précédent record pour un Lichtenstein aux enchères, établi en 2013 à 56,12 millions.
[Translation: The canvas by Roy Lichtenstein “Nurse” (nurse) has been awarded, in minutes, $ 95.3 million. It was estimated at 80 million by Christie’s. This is almost double the previous record for a Lichtenstein auction, established in 2013 to 56,120,000.]
From Rebubblica, Italy
Serata di record a New York per Chistie’s che dopo aver venduto per 170,4 milioni di dollari un dipinto di Augusto Modigliani, “Nu couché”, ha battuto ogni precedente record anche per Roy Lichtenstein, re della pop-art. La sua opera “The nurse” dai caratteristici tratti a “fumetto” che ritrae un infermiera è stata venduta a 95,365 milioni di dollari.
[Translation: Evening of records in New York for Christie’s which sold for 170.4 million dollars a painting by Augusto Modigliani, “Nu couche”, broke all previous records for Roy Lichtenstein, king of pop art. His work “The nurse” with characteristic “comic” traits that portrays a nurse was sold for 95,365,000 dollars.]
As long-time collectors of Lichtenstein, we here, at Vertu, were thrilled by the results of the auction and the high value placed on Lichtenstein’s work. The pieces we have in our gallery are consummate Lichtenstein, with historical significance.
Against Apartheid is one of more than a dozen works that were done, by a group of internationally known artists, for an exhibit in Paris commemorating the observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Other artists included in the exhibit were Robert Rauschenberg, Antonio Tapies, Wilfredo Lam and Julio La Parc. Against Apartheid was also included in a pamphlet produced in cooperation with the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid.
A born and bred New Yorker, active in the city’s art scene, Lichtenstein served on the board of trustees of the B.A.M. Imperfect Print for B.A.M. is a woodcut and screen print, Lichtenstein created to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (B.A.M.) and Modern Art Poster is an image to the city.
Modern Head Relief is one of the most unique Lichtenstein pieces in our gallery. It incorporates all of Lichtenstein’s signature images, including ben-day dots, done in brass.
Visit us at Vertu or contact us for more information about the works of Roy Lichtenstein for sale in our gallery.