Christie's auction of American art sets records, hauls $318 million
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Christie’s auction of American art sets records, hauls $318 million

Edward Hopper’s iconic "Chop Suey" sold for a staggering $91,875,000, a new auction record for American Art. Edward Hopper’s "Chop Suey"Christie’s An evening of intense and competitive bidding in New York set fifteen records for American painters at Christie’s Tuesday night, bringing in more than $317,801,250. The artworks sold were all from the private collection of Barnaby Ebsworth, a former travel company executive and art collector who built what would become one of the finest private collections of 20th century American art. Edward Hopper’s iconic ‘Chop Suey’ sold for a staggering $91,875,000, a new auction record for the category of American Art. Chop Suey, an oil on canvas painted in 1929, is believed by experts to be inspired by Chinese restaurants Hopper visited, both in New York and on his travels. It was considered the greatest Hopper in private hands. A uniquely American place in the early 20th century, the chop suey joint personified the spirit of the modern melting pot. Hopper’s painting portrays two women in conversation and, according to some art scholars, one striking detail is that its female subject is facing her doppelgänger. While they are seated across from each other, they don’t appear to be […]

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