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September 18th, 2012

Jackson Pollock via the art storyJackson Pollock’s Red, Black & Silver has been pulled from Phillips de Pury & Company‘s Sept. 20th auction, because of a Vanity Fair profile on the painting’s controversial history. Supposedly Pollock’s last painting ever made, the work was owned by the late Ruth Kligman, Pollock’s mistress. She died in 2010, and it was never authenticated by Lee Krasner or the Pollock-Krasner Authentication Board, who could not corroborate the information given about the work. The executor of Kligman’s estate, Davey Frankel, stated: “Following the article in Vanity Fair, the [Kligman] Trust was approached by parties interested in possibilities for further study of the painting, and felt it in the interest of Ruth and Red, Black & Silver to investigate these options before taking the painting to auction.”  The piece is still consigned to Phillips for a future sale. Read more via Vanity Fair