No, “The Onion” did not take over our staff for the day. Someone seriously just bought the above painting for $46.5 million this week at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
The artist behind the painting is Mark Rothko, who rose to prominence in the 60s before he committed suicide in 1970.
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The Rothko painting wasn’t the only piece that sold at a ridiculous price. Here were the other sale highlights of the evening:
- “The Ring” by Roy Lichtenstein was sold for $41.69 million.
- “Abstraktes Bild” by Germany’s Gerhard Richter, was auctioned for $28.25 million
- “Riot,” by a American artist Christopher Wool went for $29.93 million
- “Superman” and “Mao” by Andy Warhol sold for $14.36 million and $14.4 million respectively.
The biggest sale, however, happened on Monday. A Picasso oil painting titled “The Women of Algiers (Version o)” was sold for a staggering $179 million, the highest price ever paid for a work of art sold at auction.