Photographer Newell Convers Wyeth’s The Duel on the Beach, was the highest priced lot of the auction, selling at $1,082,500. The bidders were receptive to various lots, bidding many items over the pre-auction estimated prices. Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, which sold at 200 percent higher than expected at $178,000, even surprised Christie’s staffers. The amount established a new sales record for McCurry.
“We are especially pleased with the performance of Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl," said Katherine Brambilla, AVP, private and iconic collections for Christie’s. “This sale demonstrates Christie’s unique ability to represent a collection that spans several collecting categories,”