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A look at the 5 top record prices at NYC auctions

The Associated Press
May 12, 2012

Here are the top five works that set record-breaking prices for contemporary, impressionist and modern art at Christie's and Sotheby's spring auction sales.

— Edvard Munch, "The Scream," May 2, Sotheby's; $119.9 million, the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

— Mark Rothko, "Orange, Red, Yellow," Tuesday, Christie's; $86.8 million, record for any contemporary artwork at auction.

— Roy Lichtenstein, "Sleeping Girl," Wednesday, Sotheby's; $44.8 million, record for the artist at auction.

— Francis Bacon, "Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror," Wednesday, Sotheby's; $44.8 million, the highest auction price for a single-panel painting by the artist.

— Yves Klein, "FC1," Tuesday, Christie's; $36.4 million, record for the artist at auction.