Christie's is having a historic night thanks to their Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening sale. Multiple artists have set #worldauctionrecords for themselves including Wade Guyton, Christopher Wool, Vija Celmins, Lucio Fontana, Ad Reinhardt, Donald Judd, and Willem De Kooning, but there are two artists in particular who set major records beyond personal bests.
Jeff Koons just set a new "World Auction Record for a Living Artist" with the sale of his Balloon Dog (Orange) which sold for an astronomical $58,405,000. According to the Washington Post, the previous record was set in May by Gerhard Richter with the sale of Cathedral Square, Milan which brought in around $37,000,000.
The other major record set during the auction was for the sale of Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which at $142,405,000 became the most expensive piece of art ever sold.