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Clyfford Still masterpieces soar in Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale in New York

NEW YORK, NY.- A group of four paintings by the celebrated American Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still have just sold for a combined total of $114.1 million (est. $51/71.5 million) in Sotheby’s sale of Contemporary Art in New York. The group was led by the exquisite and profoundly important 1949-A-No. 1 – one of the greatest examples of 20th century American painting – which was sought after by five bidders before fetching $61,682,500, more than double the previous record for the artist at auction (est. $25/35 million). This was immediately followed by 1947-Y-No. 2, which sold for $31,442,500, well above the pre-sale estimate of $15/20 million, and (PH-1033), from 1976, which brought $19,682,500 (est. $10/15 million). The group ended with the early work from 1940, (PH-351), that sold for $1,258,500 (est. $1/1.5 million). All of the works came from the Estate of Patricia Still and were being