"Feeding art-world anticipation of one of the biggest auction seasons
in history, the entertainment mogul David Geffen has sold in private
transactions two postwar paintings by Jasper Johns and Willem de
Kooning for a total of $143.5 million."
"Mr. Griffin, managing director and chief executive of the
Chicago-based Citadel Investment Group, and his wife, Anne, bought
"False Start," a seminal 1959 work by Mr. Johns, for $80 million. Mr.
Cohen, the founder and manager of SAC Capital Advisors in Stamford,
Conn., purchased de Kooning's "Police Gazette," an abstract 1955
landscape, for $63.5 million."
Article has images of the two painting.
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