Rockefeller treasures break record for single-owner auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Peggy and David Rockefeller’s vast collection of art and other treasures set a new world record this week at Christie’s, topping $800 million as the priciest ever single-owner auction.

That’s about twice the previous record of $484 million from a 2009 Paris sale of designer Yves Saint Laurent’s estate.

The three-day auction of the late couple’s belongings ended Thursday with a $115 million star lot — a Picasso painting of a girl holding a basket of flowers. The runner-up, at $84 million, was a Monet canvas depicting his famed water lilies.

Christie’s says 100 percent of the 893 lots offered live sold, for a total of $828 million.

The auction wasn’t quite over on Friday. Bids still were being accepted online for less expensive items like cufflinks and money clips.

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