Who Bought the $61 Million Clyfford Still Painting at Sotheby’s? Not Israel Englander

"1949-A-No.1" (1949) by Clyfford Still. (Courtesy Sotheby's)

Ever since a 1949 Clyfford Still painting, 1949-A-No.1, was hammered down last Wednesday evening for the record-breaking price of $61 million at Sotheby’s, the art world has been alive with speculation as to who bought the painting. This much is known for certain: whoever bought that painting by Still also bought a second Still painting two lots later, for $19.7 million, as well as a Joan Mitchell painting, for a world auction record price for Mitchell of $9.3 million. (A group of four Still paintings that totaled $114 million at Sotheby’s was being offered by his family, to benefit the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado) The bidder on all three paintings was bidding anonymously, on the telephone through Sotheby’s. Read More