The Curious Case of Eric Clapton's Vanishing Gerhard Richter Triptych

Oct 19, 2012 4:16PM

The blockbuster sale Friday evening at Sotheby’s London of Gerhard Richter’s magisterial “Abstraktes Bild (809-4)” from the collection of rocker Eric Clapton set a record for a painting by a living artist, bringing in a staggering £21.3 million ($34.2 million). It smashed the previous Richter record set this past May at Christie’s New York when “Abstraktes Bild (798-3)” (1993) sold for $21,810,500.

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