1949-A-No. 1 (PH 89) is a picture by the American painter Clyfford Still . The painting, which is one of the masterpieces of Abstract Expressionism , was auctioned on November 9, 2011 for $ 61,682,500 at Sotheby’s .
|Clyfford Still, 1949|
|Oil on canvas|
|236,2 × 200,7 cm|
Clyfford Still did not give his pictures any names; in exhibitions they are usually listed as Untitled . From 1938 he began to number the pictures: he marked them with the year in which they were taken; early pictures were also given a letter. The addition PH NN denotes a sequential number in a list that Patricia Still created and in which the photographs of his works are entered. Science today uses this numbering as a basis for precise identification of the individual images.
In his will of May 2, 1978, Still bequeathed his entire artistic estate, consisting of 825 paintings on canvas, 1,575 works on paper and 3 sculptures  to the US city that would build a museum exclusively for his works. His wife Patricia Still and his two daughters were appointed executors. Negotiations with American museums after Still's death turned out to be tough and Patricia Still was reluctant to pursue them. After her death, the mostly large-format pictures were rolled up and stored in an old warehouse in Denver. Eventually, Still's nephew, Curt Freed, contacted the Lord Mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper, here. Denver County and City of Denver accepted the donation and built a museum that opened on November 8, 2011.
At the auction on November 9, 2011, which was unanimously decided by the Denver City Council, although according to the wording of the will no pictures from the donation could be sold   four pictures were auctioned to cover the costs. The auction at Sotheby's raised the city for $ 114.1 million.  
On this day, in addition to PH 89 (1949-A.No.1) (1949), the pictures PH-351 (1940), PH-584 (1947) and PH-1033 (1976) were auctioned . 
On the day of Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction , when Sotheby's had total sales of $ 315.8 million, there were loud protests in front of the auction building from banking critics who had been demonstrating in the financial district of Manhattan for weeks, as well as from unionized members of auction houses  , who felt ignored in the previous wage negotiations.
The colors chestnut brown and black dominate the high-format and large-dimensioned picture, in addition there is a light gray, creamy white, a few white dots of color scattered over the canvas in the lower left third of the picture and a long, irregular and narrow white color stripe that determines the picture effect and runs vertically and the picture in the right third seems to open like a crack or a chasm. As with many of his pictures, the pure colors are applied pastose with a painting knife , which gives the picture surface a rough, almost three-dimensional effect.
The picture is signed Clyfford 4 on the front and the title 1949-A on the back.
Clyfford Still in the art market
Works of Abstract Expressionism achieve top prices at auctions today, as this is a delimited, manageable market segment, works are rarely offered and prices have risen steeply since the middle of the 20th century. [8th]
Pictures by Clyfford Still, who sold only a few pictures during his lifetime, appear relatively seldom on the art market, especially since around 94% of his euvre was in his house or in a warehouse after his death and is now part of the Clyfford-Still Museum in Denver are.
There are only a few private collectors and museums in the USA and in Europe who even own pictures by Clyfford Still, most notably the San Francisco Museum of Art , which received a foundation of 21 pictures in 1975, the New York Museum of Modern Art , the shows 10 pictures in its own room, which it has had as a donation since 1986 and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, which with 33 works created between 1937 and 1963 housed the largest Clyfford Still collection in the USA to date. 
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