09/18/2012 08:28 am ET Updated Nov 18, 2012

Jackson Pollock's Reported Final Painting Yanked From Upcoming Auction, Postponed At Least Until Next Year

After a heated but inconclusive authentication battle waged over decades, it appeared that Red, Black & Silver--purported to be the last painting created by American master Jackson Pollock--was going to auction at last. The small, unsigned painting--long owned by artist Ruth Kligman, Pollock's mistress during the last year of his life--was slated to be a centerpiece element in the auction, with its own catalogue. (Red, Black & Silver's fraught biography was chronicled in a story that appeared in Vanity Fair's September issue.) 

But just before the work was supposed to go under the hammer, Phillips de Pury & Company removed Red, Black & Silver from a scheduled September 20th sale to further research its authenticity--a move that was in part prompted by this magazine's reporting. 

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