Christie’s impressionist & modern art evening sale exceeds €100 million

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Christie’s impressionist & modern art evening sale exceeds €100 million

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale realised £71,461,000 /$112,908,380 /€100,116,861, with strong sell-through rates of 84% by lot and 92% by value. Bidders from 32 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone for works by the trailblazers of the category, including Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. In total, 24 works of art sold for over £1 million / 29 for over $1 million.

Christie’s impressionist & modern art evening sale exceeds €100 million

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale realised £71,461,000 /$112,908,380 /€100,116,861, with strong sell-through rates of 84% by lot and 92% by value. Bidders from 32 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone for works by the trailblazers of the category, including Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. In total, 24 works of art sold for over £1 million / 29 for over $1 million.

The sale was led by Iris mauves, 1914-1917, by Claude Monet which sold, after four minutes of head-to-head bidding, for £10,834,500 /$17,118,510 /€15,179,135 (estimate: £6-9 million). Offered from a Private European Collection this work dates from the artist’s first concerted campaign of work on the most ambitious undertaking of his career: the Grandes decorations.

Further leading highlights of the sale:

- Painted on 14 December 1969, Tête by Pablo Picasso sold for £4,450,500 /$7,031,790 /€6,235,151 (estimate: £4.8-6.5 million). A youthful masculine portrait - an alter ego of the artist’s late work - this painting was included in the last major lifetime exhibition of Picasso’s work, held in May-October 1970 at the Palais des Papes in Avignon.

- A highly charged, sensuous celebration of the Parisian demi-monde in the first decade of the 20thcentury, Anita en almée by Kees van Dongen, 1908, sold for £4,114,500 /$6,500,910 /€5,764,415 (estimate: £4-7 million).

-La tige de la fleur rouge pousse vers la lune (The Stem of the Red Flower Grows Toward the Moon) by Joan Miró (1893-1983), painted in 1952, a pivotal year in the artist’s oeuvre when he created some of his most revolutionary and acclaimed pictures, sold for £3,778,500 /$5,970,030 /€5,293,679 (estimate: £3.5-4.5 million).

Marseille, le port, 1934, by Paul Signac realised £3,666,500 /$5,793,070 /€5,136,767 (estimate: £2-3 million). Depicting one of Signac’s favourite subjects, a maritime scene, this is an exuberant painting that bursts with radiant light and movement that captures the bustling port of Marseille.

Bouquet près de la fenêtre by Marc Chagall, painted from 1959 to 1960, realised £3,218,500 /$5,085,230 /€4,509,119 (estimate: £2.5-3.5 million). Acquired by the family of the present owner 35 years ago from Galerie Maeght in Paris, this monumental work has been identified as one of the finest flower paintings of this period by the author of the artist’s definitive biography and catalogue raisonné, Franz Meyer.

Images above: Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves; Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Tête; Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) Anita en almée. All images courtesy Christie's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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