Fine Arts

Records are made in New York as almost $2bn of art changes hands

Shot Sage Blue Marilyn by Andy Warhol made history by fetching $195m at Christie’s earlier this month

The Sotheby’s sale in progress in New York last week: works by Francis Bacon and Sean Scully were among those generating keen interest and strong bidding

Impending interest rate rises, ongoing war in Ukraine, falling tech stocks: none of these things impacted the results of New York’s series of 20/21 Century Art evening sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips where some $1.9 billion-worth of art was sold this month.

Notable biggies included Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, dating from 1964, which made ...