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  • Barnett Newman's Onement VI beats artist record by 95%
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    Paul Fraser
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Barnett Newman's Onement VI beats artist record by 95%

Abstract expressionist Barnett Newman's Onement VI has set the auction record for his work at auction, after realising $43.8m to top Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York last night (May 14).

Barnett Newman Onement VI
Onement is defined as the state of being at one or reconciled


The previous record was set by Onement V at Christie's in May 2012, when it sold for $22.4m. The price realised last night reflects a 95.7% increase on 2012's record.

Also seeing a new record for his work was Gerhard Richter - the world's most valuable living artist.

The Barnett Newman piece was consigned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who is a renowned collector of art, vintage aircraft and Jimi Hendrix memorabilia. Learn more about his collections.

Following the sale, senior advisor on contemporary art at Citi Private Bank, Jonathan Binstock, commented: "The speculative element is returning to the market. There's more money to spend on riskier opportunities, ones that would have seemed unappealing just a few years prior."

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • BarnettNewman'sOnementVI