ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
October 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

A painting by Gerhard Richter owned by British guitarist Eric Clapton has sold for £21.3 million ($34.2 million, 26.4 million euros), a record for the work of a living artist, auction house Sotheby's said.

An anonymous bidder bought the red, blue and yellow oil painting on canvas, "Abstraktes Bild (809-4)", in London on Friday for more than ten times the $3.4 million that Clapton paid for the painting plus two others in New York in 2001.

The price beat pre-sale estimates and Richter's previous record of $21.9 million in May for "Abstract Picture (7938-3)".

The German artist, 80, is described as the world's top-selling living artist.

Richter was born in Dresden and grew up in communist east Germany. He now produces both abstract and figurative painting as well as photographs from his Cologne studio.

His profile has been boosted by a retrospective, "Gerhard Richter: Panorama", which has been shown in London, Berlin and Paris this year.

Clapton, 67, known for his work with Cream and the Yardbirds and for songs including "Crossroads", "Layla" and "Tears in Heaven", has an extensive art collection.

The sale comes as the art world descends on London for Frieze Art Week, with contemporary art exhibits from hundreds of galleries around the world.

Sotheby's senior director Alex Branczik said: "The combination of outstanding provenance and gold-standard quality in this sublime work by this blue-chip artist made for an historic auction moment.

"Gerhard Richter's international appeal as one of the hottest contemporary artists was once again confirmed this evening."

AFP

Wiggle


PREVIOUS STORY
Affleck film recounts Hollywood role in Iran crisis
NEXT STORY
Psy says fame 'unbelievable'

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Address high cost of living: Biman on bugetFiji's National Federation Parliamentary leader Biman Prasad urges the Fijian Government to consider reducing the cost of living, especially rising cost of food items as it draws up the 2015 National Budget.
SPORTS
Dugucagi, Toma bolster Nadi's attackLethal Lautoka marksman Ratu Josefata Dugucagi has rejoined Nadi and will spearhead the Jetsetters' campaign in the Courts Inter District Championship which commences on Saturday with the opening round matches.
TECHNOLOGY
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
LIFESTYLE/FASHION
Tafuna’i ready to fly Fiji’s flag highNew crowned Miss World Fiji, Charlene Tafuna’i is ready to do wonders for Fiji in the Miss World Finals in December and is calling for the nation’s backing.
CELEBRITY
Film makers create Indo-Pak border in FijiKya Dilli Kya Lahore’s producers created the barren Wagah border between India and Pakistan in Fiji for the movie which stars Vijay Raaz.
OFFBEAT
Mercury 'took Princess Diana to gay barQueen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain's Sunday Times.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS