A woodblock print of The Great Wave, an iconic Ukiyo-e piece by Edo Period 1603 to 1868 artist Katsushika Hokusai, sold this week for well above the estimate of Christie's auction house, breaking a record for one of his pieces.
The work, formally titled Under the Wave off Kanagawa, sold for $2.76 million and 360 million during a live auction featuring Japanese and Korean art, according to Christie s. It was originally estimated to sell for between $500,000 and $700,000.
The previous record was set in 2021 with the sale of another Great Wave print for $1.59 million, despite an estimate of $150,000, according to Christie s.
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