Rockefeller auction at Christie’s poised to set records in art world

NBC News | Adam Reiss

That Miró is no mirage — the work of the Spanish painter Joan Miró will join other masterpieces on the auction block Tuesday as the famously wealthy Rockefeller family offers up a treasure trove of artwork for sale. The Christie’s event is poised to set a record as the biggest estate sale in U.S. history, beating out the $484 million sale in 2009 of art owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

The vast personal art collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller was gathered from their world travels and handed down from previous generations. It includes more than 2,000 items, including modern, impressionist, and American masterpieces, currently on display at Christie’s auction house in New York. Many of the works of art have never been seen publicly. The sale will also include jewellery, furniture, ceramics and porcelain, as well as silver…read more
Image: Christie’s presents the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, in New York on April 27, 2018, that will be auctioned May 8-10. Hector Retamal / AFP – Getty Images