This rare Jackson Pollock drip painting could fetch $45 million at Christie’s auction


If you’re an ardent collector or simply an art enthusiast, this piece of news is for you! In bringing you the best from across the world, Christie’s has done it again by bringing to the table a rare painting by Jackson Pollock.

The artwork is christened Number 31 and features the postwar painter’s signature ‘drip’ style. It measures 31-by-22-inches and was completed by the maverick in the year 1949, which marks his formative years as an artist.

The piece made him famous as a standard-bearer of abstract expressionism and is much revered within the art community even today. It bears the drip-style wherein Pollock poured paint directly from a can onto a canvas set down horizontally on the floor to create magic.

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The Number 31 has previously featured in several Pollock exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York’s 1967 show and a 1998 retrospective that ran both at MoMA and at Tate Modern in London.

Last sold at auction in 1988 for $3.5 million, it will now go under the hammer at Christie’s evening sale in New York on May 12, alongside other high-profile works and collections. Pollock’s number 31 is expected to fetch over a whopping $45 million on sale and will be offered without a guarantee.

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The artwork will also be featured at Christie’s Los Angeles outpost this week before returning to New York ahead of the sale. Care to get your hands on it?

[Via: Art News]

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