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Lucian Freud portrait of Camilla's ex-husband sells for almost $35m

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Lucian Freud portrait of Camilla's ex-husband sells for almost $35m

With premium, the final price was $36 million. The painting, which caused a scandal almost a century ago, joined the ranks of nine other works that have reached price tags exceeding $100 million at auction, including Pablo Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" that Christie's sold in May for $179.4 million. It soared to $9.5 million, more than three times its high estimate, and Crow reported that it went to a Chinese buyer, as did the Fontana.

It came one day after Christie's sold a sensuous nude by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani for $170.4 million, making it the second most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.

Paintings on offer included Roy Lichtenstein's billboard-scaled "Interior with Yves Klein Sculpture" from 1991, which sold to the telephone for $6,661,000 (est $7-10 million). "The cadmium orange of the canvas" background defines Monroe's halo of golden hair and the pink tones of her complexion.

"It was a casualty, and Christie's lost a lot of money", opined van de Weghe. Called simply "The Brigadier" in honor of Parker-Bowles' career in the British Army, it was the runner-up lot in the evening sale of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's.

Private dealer Philippe S├ęgalot, who was seated in the room, bought Christopher Wool's Untitled, a 1990 word painting that reads: "Cats In Bag Bags In River".

Estimate: In the region of $30 million. London dealer Pilar Ordovas appeared to be the underbidder.

A Lucian Freud portrait of the ex-husband of Britain's Duchess of Cornwall, Andrew Parker Bowles, sold for $34.89 million in NY on Tuesday, Christie's said. It was guaranteed, along with other offerings from the late collector and financier Damon Mezzacappa.

Apart from Mezzacappa, a number of solid works covering America's great Abstract Expressionist era were on offer, including Helen Frankenthaler's widely exhibited "Las Mayas" from 1958 (painted in homage to the Goya masterpiece to which its title referred).

Along with the usual suspects that bring in stratospheric prices and dominate headlines-think Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Lucian Freud-the sale featured a few pleasant surprises in the form of a giant Louise Bourgeois black steel Spider sculpture (female artists rarely ever figure in the top lots of these evening sales) and a punctured ovoid painting by Lucio Fontana Concetto Spaziale, La Fine, the latter being a sign of how hot the market has become for Italian contemporary masters. The Tuesday sale was its auction debut, and Christie's guaranteed the lot.

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