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Raising the Bar: Christie’s Landmark $744.94-Million Contemporary Sale

Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen at last night's Christie's blowout

Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen at last night’s blowout at Christie’s

In the mercenary world of art auctions, there are two new numbers to beat: $744.94 million, the highest total every achieved at any art auction; $11.9 million, the highest amount paid at auction for any woman artist. (Females are even more undervalued in the artworld than in the corporate world, it would seem.)

Who was that record-breaking artist? Read on! Here’s my Storify from Christie’s landmark evening contemporary sale, which I “attended” tonight via webcast. (For the full results of the sale, go here.)

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