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Press Release - November 11, 2020

RETNA Sets Auction Record With $175,000 Sale at Heritage Auctions

Street artist’s ‘They Can’t Come’ is fourth world record for the artist at Urban Art sale

RETNA world record auction price Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, Texas (November 11, 2020) – RETNA’s They Can't Come, 2015 set a world record for the artist when it sold for $175,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Urban Art Auction Nov. 11.

This is the fourth time Heritage has set the world record at auction for the artist, having broken its own record three times. The result nearly doubled the previous RETNA world record, which was set whenSerenity of the mind States Moments of dark days allows Soaring like a search light -High-, 2012, brought sold at Heritage Auctions in March 2019 for $93,750.

“This record result underscores the popularity of RETNA, and casts a spotlight on the demand for his artwork that continues to exceed the supply," said Carolyn Mani, West Coast Director, Trust and Estates, at Heritage Auctions. “Heritage Auctions continues to strengthen our position as the dominant auctioneers in this market, a position that is only magnified through results like this one. Such an extraordinary work, done in this scale, is something you just don’t see."

They Can’t Come is a magnificent piece, created in such large scale – 96 by 120 inches – that it had to be removed from the consignor’s home via a second-story balcony. The acrylic-on-canvas work is reminiscent of the artist’s traditional style featuring his well-known geometric script.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage also enjoys the highest Online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has more than 1,250,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

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