A painting by Jackson Pollock sold for $11.65 million Tuesday, setting a world auction record for the postwar American artist best known for his "drip paintings."
Titled "Number 12, 1949," the Pollock was part of a postwar and contemporary art sale at Christie's, which sold $102.11 million worth of art, a record for the auction house.
The Pollock was sold by the Museum of Modern Art to an anonymous buyer. The previous record for the artist was $11.55 million.
A sale last week at rival Sotheby's set a world auction record for a single painting when Picasso's "Boy With a Pipe" was bought by an anonymous bidder for $104 million.
Of the 67 lots offered by Christie's on Tuesday, 60 were sold.
Three-fourths of the evening's buyers were American; the percentage of European purchasers was 17 percent, down from a usual 35 percent, Christie's said. Asians made up 3 percent of the buyers.
The second highest price was for a painting by Mark Rothko, "No. 15," an oil on canvas done in 1958, which sold for $8.96 million.
Christie's will be wrapping up its spring sales when the contemporary and postwar sale continues Wednesday.