Gerhard Richter Painting Sets Artist Record at Christie’s

Gerhard Richter’s Kerze (Candle) (1982) just set an artist record at Christie’s postwar and contemporary evening sale in London. This is the artist who, just about a week ago, said the art market is “impossible to understand and it’s daft.” (Mr. Richter has never exactly been known as Mr. Sunshine.) The work sold for £10,457,250 ($16.6 million), more than £1 million above its high estimate of £9 million.

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