Artcurial | World record for Shepard Fairey, amongst others

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Whilst the Urban & Pop Contemporary Sale held in Paris on November 5 saw a third (32%) of the lots go without a buyer, the €2,235 million total takings far surpassed the initial estimation, and was marked by several prestigious new records.


Under auctioneer Arnaud Oliveux's hammer, Shepard Fairey's work Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité sold for €232,000 (fees included) — double its estimate. The painting of Marianne, the personification of the French Republic, is now famous as the "little sister" of the painting hanging in President Emmanuel Macron's office.


Another of the evening's records was set by American artist José Parla's work Brothers Back to Back (2006), which tripled its estimate to scoop €155,800.


José Parla, Brothers Back to Back – 2006