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Klara Lidén Painting Sets Artist Record at Sotheby’s London

Peter Doig's Cold Blooded (2003). COURTESY OF SOTHEBY'S

Peter Doig, Cold Blooded, 2003.


Sotheby’s has officially surpassed itself this week, recording its highest-ever total sales of contemporary art in Europe. Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild, which sold for £30.4 million ($46.3 million), contributed significantly to a grand total of £140.4 million ($214 million) over the course of two days.

Peter Doig’s vibrant portrait of a bohemian artist, Cold Blooded, painted in 2003 shortly after the artist moved to Trinidad, was the top lot of the day sale, going for £1.3 million ($1.9 million). The painting more than doubled its presale estimate of £400,000-600,000 ($614,236 -921,354).

Meanwhile, Klara Lidén’s Untitled (Poster Painting) (2008), a white monochrome made on top of thickly layered reclaimed posters, sold for a new personal record of £143,000 ($217,989).

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