Sotheby's auction of 'Bunny' Mellon's artwork in NYC garners $158.7M

November 11, 2014 6:31 AM

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NEW YORK — More than three dozen masterworks amassed over a lifetime by reclusive billionaire Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon generated auction sales totaling $158.7 million Monday night.

“The bidding was big, was broad, was frantic,” Sotheby's auctioneer Oliver Barker said shortly after he dropped the hammer on the 43rd lot in the New York City auction. “We saw bidding from literally all over the world. … We are absolutely delighted.”

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