The last monumental abstract painting by American artist Jackson Pollock, ‘Blue poles’, painted in 1952, became part of Australia’s emerging national art collection in 1973 amid much controversy. The value of the artwork and the resistance by traditionalists to the work of the artist, plus the flamboyant style of the then Australian PM, became the fuel to a media frenzy around the purchase.
Painted four years before the artist’s death in 1956, the purchase price of US$2 million (then equivalent to A$1.3 million) and it set a new record for Pollock and was, at the time, the most expensive American painting ever sold.
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