New record for painter Georgia O'Keeffe: Here are the top 5 auction sales for female artists

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 which sold at a Sotheby's New York auction for US$44.4 million on Nov 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 which sold at a Sotheby's New York auction for US$44.4 million on Nov 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM

American painter Georgia O'Keeffe breaks the record for female artists when her work commanded US$44.4 million (S$57.7 million) at a Sotheby's auction on Thursday. It is more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. O'Keeffe previous personal best was US$6.2 million, set by Christie's in 2001.

The top five auction sales by female artists are:

1. Georgia O'Keeffe's Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932)

Price: US$44.4 million

When: Sotheby's, 2014

2. Joan Mitchell's Untitled (1960)

PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Price: US$11.9 million

When: Christie's, 2014

3. Berthe Morisot's After Lunch (1881)

Price: US$10.9 million

When: Christie's, 2013

4. Natalia Goncharova's The Flowers (1912)

Price: US$10.8 million

When: Christie's, 2008

5. Louise Bourgeois' Spider (1996)

Price: US$10.7 million

When: Christie's, 2011

Sources: Hyperallergic.com/The Wall Street Journal