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Green Vault Burglars Sentenced, Stolen Painting Returned to Polish Museum, and More: Morning Links for May 16, 2023

AUCTION ACTION. On Monday night at its Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York, Christie’s hauled in $98.9 million at a sale of 21st-century art, Angelica Villa reports in ARTnews. It was a fairly low-key affair that “finished without the room buzzing,” Villa writes, but there was one huge result: A 1983 Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, El Gran Espectaculo (The Nile), sold for a cool $67 million, making up about two-thirds of the night’s total. It had carried an on-request estimate of around $45 million. A number of women artists had strong performances: A Robin F. Williams painting went for $428,400, a Simone Leigh sculpture for $2.7 million, an Etel Adnan abstraction for $352,800 (more than five times its high estimate!), and a Danielle Mckinney (making her auction debut) for $201,600, ten times its top estimate. For the full report, head to ARTnews.