SOTHEBY’S IRISH SALE ON MAY 6
AN important portrait by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) and undoubtedly the most important early masterpiece by Louis le Brocquy (b. 1916) will headline Sotheby’s annual Irish Sale in London on Thursday, 6 May 2010. Altogether there are 108 lots on offer.
The Gold Turban by Sir John Lavery (lot 30) is considered one of the finest portraits by the artist of his wife Hazel (1880-1935). Painted in 1929, it is estimated at £400,000-600,000 (€441,000-665,000). The picture showcases the artist’s skilful handling of paint in the sitter’s headwear, luminescent skin and red lipstick.
TREASURE TROVE ON OFFER IN JUNE
A landscape by French artist Andre Derain (click on image to enlarge)
IN 1939, a group of works that belonged to the recently-deceased legendary art dealer Ambroise Vollard was deposited in a bank vault in Paris.
Forgotten during the war and its aftermath, they remained in the vault for decades. They will finally make their first ever appearance on the market at Sotheby’s in June. more….
UPDATE: André Derain’s Arbres à Collioure sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for £16,281,250, (€19,521,241) having attracted strong bids from a number of potential buyers. This price establishes a new record for this artist as well as a record price for a Fauve painting at auction.
The remaining 139 Works from the trove achieved €3,554,301 at Sotheby’s Paris on June 29. There was a record for an etching by Picasso sold in France – €720,750 and a record for an etching by Renoir -€252,750