Christie’s made history on November 10 selling a Pop Art masterpiece from Roy Lichtenstein at its major Evening Sale of Post-War & Contemporary. The highly-anticipated masterpiece Ohhh…Alright… 1964 by Roy Lichtenstein realized $42,642,500, establishing a new world auction record for the artist. The work sold to an anonymous bidder on the phone. The previous record for a work by Lichtenstein was $16,256,000, achieved for In the Car, 1963, at Christie’s New York in November 2005.
Christie’s says Ohhh…Alright… characterizes the Lichtenstein’s captivation and inspiration with techniques of commercial printing and reproduction articulated in his signature Ben-Day dots. As with all of Lichtenstein’s iconic images, Ohhh…Alright… is at once striking and subtly and humorous. The stunning blue-eyed, flame-haired beauty forms part of the iconic cast of dream-girls painted between 1961-1965 that saw Lichtenstein attain international prominence as one of America’s most exciting and controversial artists.