Bidding quickly reached $70 million among three people in the room and five others calling in, the Times reported. The bidding was decided between two of the telephone callers, the newspaper reported.
"We rarely can say, 'This is the one opportunity to buy the best painting from the artist.' This is it," Ana Maria Celis, vice president of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's, told the Guardian before the auction in Manhattan.
The buyer was not identified.