Michael Crichton’s Latest Best-Seller is his Art Collection

05/12/2010 1:00 PM |

Crichton's coveted dinosaur bone collection will be sold during an exclusive auction on Isla Nublar next month.
  • Crichtons coveted dinosaur fossil collection will be sold during an exclusive auction on Isla Nublar next month.

Say what you will about the man’s novels, but a roomful of frenzied blue chip collectors agrees: Michael Crichton had excellent taste in art. During last night’s post-war and contemporary art evening auction at Christie’s, all 31 works available from the author’s collection went for a total of $93.2 million. Among the highlights, Jasper Johns’s “Flag” (1960—66) led the way at $28.6 million, fetching the artist’s highest auction price ever, and the second-biggest auction sale for a living artist (after a Lucian Freud in 2008 for $33 mil). Crichton bought that piece directly from Johns back in 1973. Robert Rauschenberg’s “Studio Painting” (1960-61) sold for $11 million and Picasso’s “Femme et filletes” (1961) fetched $6 mil. ArtInfo has all the detes, but the moral of this story is don’t judge a book(‘s author’s taste) by its cover (or contents).