$28.5 Million Record for Leonora Carrington at Sotheby’s

Thursday, May 16, 2024
$28.5 Million Record for Leonora Carrington at Sotheby’s

An auction record for Leonora Carrington, sold for nearly $28.5 million at auction Wednesday evening, Sotheby's said, marking a solid start to New York's spring art sales.

Sotheby's and rival auction house Christie's launched their spring auctions Monday. The global art market softened in 2023 but strong sales in London and Paris have regained optimism for 2024.

Claude Monet's "Meules a Giverny," painted in 1893, went for $34.8 million after a bidding war.

Meanwhile, British-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington broke her own auction record when her "Les Distractions de Dagobert" sold for $28.5 million.

The new record places Carrington among the top five most valuable women artists at auction, Sotheby's said -- and among the top four surrealist artists, "overtaking Max Ernst and Salvador Dali."

Christie's, meanwhile, sold some $115 million in contemporary art the prior evening, including a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting for $32 million.

Main Image :Leonora Carrington, Les Distractions de Dagobert (1945). Courtesy Sotheby's.

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