An untitled painting by Norman Lewis has realised $965,000 in a sale of African American art at Swann Auction Galleries.
It was the star lot of the December 15 sale in New York and sets a new record for Lewis' work at auction.
His previous high mark was $581,000, set for another untitled work at Swann in 2013.
Lewis was a contemporary of the New York abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.
He began his career painting in a social realist style before moving on to more abstract territory.
Swann explains: "Norman Lewis's large Untitled, oil on canvas, circa 1958, is a recently re-discovered and important painting.
"A masterful mid-century composition that has never been publicly exhibited, it reveals yet another dimension to his late 1950s body of abstraction-a series of larger canvases that he painted after a trip to Europe and North Africa in 1957.
"In this painting, Lewis continues his investigation of the "ritual" calligraphic figures while moving further toward color field painting."
Barkley L Hendricks' Tuff Tony (1978) was another highlight, achieving $365,000.
The painting was produced as part of Hedricks' "white on white series", which juxtaposes white clad figures against white backgrounds.
It matches his current record, achieved by Steve (1976) - another work from the series.
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