In 2014, Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 broke records as the most expensive work ever sold at auction by a female artist. The world-renowned Georgia O’Keeffe’s previous auction record was $6.2 million, a figure which was eclipsed by the sale of this painting.
Best known for her signature style and subject of magnified flowers, this particular canvas is unusually large for O’Keeffe. Born in 1887, O’Keeffe is recognized today as the mother of American modernism for her work.
Sotheby’s described the painting as “a strikingly bold and elegant representation of the artist’s mature intent and aesthetic.”
The purchase was primarily funded by Walmart heiress Alice Walton, who helped to obtain the piece for the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The piece sold for $44,400,000 in New York.