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Getty breaks record with $65.1-million purchase of Édouard Manet's 'Spring'.

OVER THE TOP 1Image Courtesy :: Christie's Press Release

BY CRAIG NAKANO, November 5, 2014, 10:31 p.m. © Los Angeles Times.

The J. Paul Getty Museum paid more than US$65 million for an Édouard Manet painting at Christie’s auction Wednesday evening in New York City The painting shattered the record price for the French artist's work and became what the museum said would be one of the top five paintings in its collection.

Manet completed the painting in 1881, two years before his death. The painting portrays actress Jeanne Demarsy in a flowered dress, bonnet, parasol and full length gloves. Its first public showing was at the 1882 Paris Salon. “Spring” measures 29 inches by 20 inches, which puts the purchase price at US$112,284.48 per square inch.

By comparison


However, an early and interesting comparison for square inch value was the US$53.9 million dollar sale of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Irises” in 1987. The Australian Alan Bond purchased the “Irises”[28 inches x 36.625 inches] and although he did not take possession of the painting, that sale was historically significant, and at the time, a staggering $52,559.26 per square inch.

This story has two connections; the Getty Museum of Art now owns both of these major paintings.

And, in 1987 the $52,559 PSI was the equivalent price for a top of the line BMW.


In 2014 the $112,284 PSI is the equivalent price for a top of the line BMW.



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Lawrence Klepper

Lawrence Klepper

As an artist, Gallery Management Instructor, Gallery Director, Independent Curator, and Special Exhibitions Coordinator for City art museums, college art galleries, and commercial galleries in Califor...