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Alexander Calder's Mobiles Are "An Engineer of Beauty"
Alexander Calder, whose career spanned more than half a century, continued to reinvent himself well into the later decades of his life. His work was always about motion, literally and figuratively, his mobiles spin around, rather than being planted firmly on the ground.
Last week’s Christie’s New York evening contemporary and postwar art sale totaled a reported $658.5 million. The sale included three works that sold for over $50 million and eight works that sold for over $20 million. The sale that had everyone talking was the $179 million Picasso, the most expensive work ever sold at auction.
The purchaser of Femmes d’Alger is former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. Sources claim that the painting will be not featured in the buyer’s home in Qatar because of nudity. Earlier this year Al Thani also bought a Paul Gaugin painting which sold for $300 million making it the highest recorder price paid for a work of art.