Toulouse-Lautrec Smashes Record

It was a big night for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Christie’s New York, when the art auction house sold the artist’s painting of a laundress for a record-smashing $22,416,000 yesterday. The Laundress, the most expensive painting of the annual autumn art auctions at Christie’s and rival Sotheby’s, also achieved the highest art price at the first of two weeks of critical sales. The moving portrait of a local woman gazing out a window from 1886-87 easily eclipsed the old record for Toulouse-Lautrec of $14,522,500, set in 1997. Irish Art