Clyfford E. Still's 1949-A-No.1 (1949)
Clyfford E. Still's 1949-A-No.1 (1949) [File photo]
Clyfford E. Still (1904-1980), a U.S. painter and a leading figure of abstract expressionism, had his "1949-A-No. 1 (1949) "(236.2cm x 200.7cm) fetch US$55 million at Sotheby's New York on Nov. 9, 2011, US$15 million more than its pre-sale estimate. The oil on canvas shows white splashes over a mixture of black and red. Four works by Still, who used to stay far away from the market, were sold last year to help raise funds for the new Clyfford Still Museum. They tallied a total amount of US$101.55 million, pushing the artist to the 11th spot on the annual global artist rankings by auction revenue.