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A Mark Rothko painting sold for $46.5 million Tuesday at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, an evening in which several records were set including one for a work by German artist Sigmar Polke. The Rothko work ‘Untitled, (Yellow and Blue)’, measuring 2.42 meters by 1.86 meters (about eight feet by 6.1 feet) and completed in 1954, had been estimated at between $40 and $60 million. It was one of the star pieces of this evening of auctions of contemporary works, including one by Roy Lichtenstein entitled ‘The Ring’. Sotheby’s had expected it would go for $50 million but in the end it sold for $41.69 million. Another highlight of the sale, ‘Abstraktes Bild’ by Germany’s Gerhard Richter, was auctioned for $28.25 million, just under its pre-sale estimate of $30 million. None of these three set a record. But several other artists did set records for sales at auction, including Polke. His painting ‘Dschungel’ (1967) went for $27.13 million, three times the previous price

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