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.