An Iconic Flower Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe More Than Triples the Previous World Auction Record for Any Female Artist. Sold for $44,405,000.
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – Moments ago in Sotheby’s New York auction of American Art, Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic flower painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 achieved a remarkable $44,405,000, more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist*. Seven bidders immediately jumped into the fray, but it was a prolonged battle between two determined bidders that drove the price to this record height – nearly three times its high estimate of $15 million**.
Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is a well-known example of O’Keeffe’s celebrated flower paintings, which in turn stand among the most recognizable images in both art history and popular culture. The painting is one of three works by O’Keeffe that are on offer today from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which are being sold to benefit its Acquisitions Fund.
* Sotheby’s American Art Auction Continues *
Property from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1. Oil on canvas, 48 by 40 inches (121.9 by 101.6 cm). Painted in 1932.
Estimate $10/15 million.
Sold for $44,405,000.
© 2014 The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.