Dorotheum’s Contemporary Art sale on 23 June 2021 made history when a contemporary Austrian artwork broke the million mark worldwide for the first time.
The painting “Wilde Tiere sind gefährdet" (Wild Animals Are Endangered) by Maria Lassnig sold for 1,378,000 euros, an auction record for a work by this artist who reached international recognition only late in her career. The three-by-two-meter upright format from 1980 went to a buyer on the telephone, who outbid an online bidder from the UK.
The artist, who was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2013 for her life’s work, created this painting, in which she identified with exploited nature, in 1980, the turning point of her career in Vienna, after years in Paris and New York.
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