NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sotheby's (NYSE:BID) annual Masters Week sales series kicked off yesterday in New York, with 170 paintings and drawings sold across two auctions for an overall total of $67.8 million.
The day began with Sir Peter Paul Rubens's drawing of a Nude Study of Young Man with Raised Arms selling for $8.2 million – a new world auction record for any drawing by the iconic artist. That result helped propel the Old Master Drawings sale to a $15.1 million total, which itself marks the highest total for this category in Sotheby's history.
Last night's Master Paintings Evening Sale celebrated the work of groundbreaking female artists of the 16th – 19th centuries and established multiple auction records, most notably for Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, whose Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan achieved an incredible $7.2 million – a new world auction record for any female artist of the pre-modern era.
Sotheby's Masters Week series continues through Saturday, with online sales of Old Masters and 19th Century European Art open for bidding through 6 February.
Sotheby's has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby's became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby's presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby's BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby's offers collectors the resources of Sotheby's Financial Services, the world's only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection, artist, estate & foundation advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby's presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Global Fine Art Division, and three retail businesses: Sotheby's Wine, Sotheby's Diamonds, and Sotheby's Home, the online marketplace for interior design. Sotheby's has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).
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