A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower on Thursday sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist.
Sotheby’s New York sold the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M., to benefit its acquisitions fund.
The previous world auction record for any work by a female artist was $11.9 million, for Joan Mitchell’s “Untitled” at Christie’s New York in May. The previous auction record for an O’Keeffe work was $6.2 million, set at Christie’s New York in 2001.