Christie’s reached a new and unprecedented benchmark in auction history this week, generating a grand total of US$1,726,019,375 in a single week of fine art sales in New York. This marked the first time Christie’s New York had combined its traditionally separated categories of Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary art into a single sale week of auctions and online-only sales. The week was led by Looking Forward to the Past, a curated sale that presented top-quality works from both categories in a new context. The stellar results demonstrate that accelerated demand for great art from collectors around the world continues to drive strong prices at all levels. “This has been an extraordinary week for the art market and for Christie’s. Our much heralded total of $1.726 billion is only a part of the story. It was striking that there were 40 bids above $100 million for the Picasso on Monday night and o

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