A week ago in Happy Birthday Georgia O’Keeffe – 127 Candles Today we claimed that in the 1920’s & 30's O'Keeffe was the most “highly paid woman artist in the world.” Well that seems to be once again the case.
Two days ago she regained that position when her 1932 painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 sold for $44.4 million at Sotheby’s American Paintings Auction. What is interesting about the sale is not so much the price but the seller.
It was sold by The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum which was founded to “To inspire all current and future generations, the Museum preserves, presents, and advances the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and Modernism through innovative public engagement, education, and research.”
Selling off the family silver seems to be a strange way to go about it.