The top lot was Mark Rothko‘s White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose) (1950), which had estimated to sell for $40 million (or more). the seller had bought the painting for $10,000 from the dealer in 1961 — auctioneer and therefore the first bidder Tobias Meyer began the bidding at $33 million, quickly running the price up in million-dollar jumps.
Which should come as no surprise giving the Rothko have earned praise over the years for being the inspiring abstract expressionist. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement. He was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent, he moved to united states of America in 1913. Rothko’s move to New York established him in a fertile artistic atmosphere. Modernist painters were having more shows in New York galleries all the time, and the city’s museums were an invaluable resource to foster a budding artist’s knowledge and skills. Among the important early influences on Rothko were the works of the German Expressionists, the surrealist art of Paul Klee, and the paintings of Georges Rouault. In 1928, Rothko exhibited works, with a group of other young artists, at the appropriately named Opportunity Gallery. His paintings included dark, moody, expressionist interiors, as well as urban scenes, and were generally well accepted among critics and peers.