Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale in NYC totals $140,773,500

artwork: Max Ernst "The Stolen Mirror" - Oil on canvas, painted in 1941. - Estimate: 4,000,000-6,000,000. Sold for: $16,322,500 USD / £10,283,175. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

NEW YORK, N.Y.- Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale achieved $140,773,500 (£88,687,305/ €102,764,655), with three works of art selling above the $10 million mark. Despite spots of selective bidding throughout the sale, Surrealist works and modern sculpture performed well overall, and buyers competed aggressively for rare works and those offered fresh to the market from private and museum collections. Christie’s offered the three top private collections this season, including the Property From the Collection of Lew and Edie Wasserman, which totaled $8.5 million; The Collection of John W. Kluge, sold to benefit Columbia University, which achieved $4.9 million; and A Distinguished West Coast Collection, which realized $10.5 million.