Real Estate Tycoon Harry Macklowe And His Ex-Wife’s Art Collection Nets $676 Million In First Of Two Auctions (Photos)

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The first of two auctions to unload the art collection of New York real estate tycoon Harry Macklowe and his ex-wife Linda fetched $676 million Monday evening, putting the 65-piece trove on track to break the record for the most expensive art collection ever sold at auction after the second half hits the block in May.

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Of the initial 35 pieces to sell Tuesday, the most expensive was “No. 7,” a colorful painting by Mark Rothko that sold for $82.5 million, the second-highest price ever paid at auction for a work by the artist.

Le Nez,” a characteristically creepy human-like sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, sold for $78.4 million, while Jackson Pollock’s “Number 17, 1951,” sold for $61.2 million to become the artist’s…

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