Art Market Watch
CHRISTIE’S CONTEMPORARY DOES A RECORD $388 MILLION
May 9, 2012
Say one thing for ace auctioneer Christopher Burge
-- he knows how to make an exit. Taking his final turn at the podium at Christie’s New York
evening sale of post-war and contemporary art on May 8, 2012 (Burge is not retiring, though he is giving up the auctioneer’s gavel to Jussi Pylkkanen
), he oversaw a sale that totaled a record-setting $388,488,000 (with premium), with 56 of 59 lots selling, or 95 percent.