Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew sold for £39.1 million.
Petite danseuse by Edgar Degas sold for a record of £15.8 million.
No less than seven works sold for more than £10 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale in London this evening. Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew made £39.1 million; Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematism, 18th construction sold for £21.4 million; Manet’s Le Bar aux Folies Bergere made £16.9 million and there was a record for a sculpture by Edgar Degas when Petite Danseuse a quatorze ans sold for £15.8 million.
The sale realized £178.6 million. This is the second highest total for any sale ever held in London. Melanie Clore, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe & Co-Chairman Worldwide, Impressionist & Modern Art, said: “Tonight’s result is testament to the truly outstanding quality of the works on offer. To follow our highest totals for Impressionist and Modern art sales in New York, with another sensational sale in London, emphasises the strength of what is undoubtedly a truly global market. Our worldwide network of specialists are working with a broader collector base than ever before, so whether it’s New York, London, or any of our worldwide selling locations, we are seeing incredibly strong results across the board.”
(See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 10, June 4, June 2, May 22 and May 13, 2015)