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Rockefeller collection heading for $1bn with jewellery sale still to come

Rockefeller collection heading for $1bn with jewellery sale still to come

It’s hard to get one’s head around the record-breaking series of sales at which the 1,500 objects comprising the Rockefeller Collection went under the hammer at Christies in New York earlier this month    From the start the figures were jaw-dropping, and those zeros just kept on clocking up: by the end, it was a case of 100 per cent of lots sold and a total of more than $800 million donated to scientific research, higher education, the arts, sustainable economic development and land conservation initiatives    And it’s not over yet – there’s still a jewellery sale to come on June 12th.

   Among the world record prices for various artists including Matisse, Diego Rivera, Delacroix, Corot and others, we’ve got half a dozen flabbergasting favourites.   So let’s take one last nostalgic look back before putting the entire extravaganza to bed once and for all (And when you come to the final item . More

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