This morning in New York, Sotheby’s held a charity auction of work by female artists to benefit the financial aid fund of Miss Porter’s School, a prep school in Farmington, Connecticut, which totaled $3.9 million, about a million more than its high estimate.
And more than half of that big number came from the sale of a single work, Carmen Herrera’s Blanco Y Verde (1966–67), when went for $2.9 million, a new record for the artist at auction.
That figure was just above the artist’s previous record, of $2.7 million, which was set last November at Phillips, when was made by a related work with the same title sold.
Saara Pritchard, senior specialist at Sotheby’s contemporary art department, said in a news release the records at the sale (which were also set for Jane Hammond, Katherine Bradford, and others) are “proof that the market wants to recognize these extraordinary women whose work has been historically undervalued. We could not have asked for a better start.”