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    RECORD PRICES AT CHRISTIE’S $415.8 MILLION SALE

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

    Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935)
    Suprematist Composition

    Suprematist Composition by Kazimir Malevich made a world record for the artist $85.8 million at Christie’s impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in New York last night. The sale realised $415,852,500 and was 85% sold by lot. Brancusi’s La Jeune Fille Sophistiquee (Portrait of Nancy Cunard) made $71 million and was also a world record for the artist.

    Van Gogh’s  Vue de l’asile de la chapelle Saint-Paul de Mausole (Saint Remy) made $39.6 million.  This was for decades a centrepiece of the collection of Elizabeth Taylor.  There were bidders from 35 countries across five continents.  There were 37 lots with just four left unsold.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 27 and April 2, 2018)

    A MASTERPIECE OF 20TH CENTURY SCULPTURE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

    Constantin Brancusi – La Jeune fille sophistiquée (Nancy Cunard)

    A masterpiece of 20th century sculpture, Constantin Brancusi’s La Jeune fille sophistiquée (Nancy Cunard), comes up  at Christie’s in New York on May 15.  This unique piece from the collection of Elizabeth Stafford is at auction for the first time.  Christie’s say it is poised to make an auction record for the artist. It was cast in polished bronze in 1932 and acquired  by Mrs. Stafford and her husband Frederick Stafford directly from Brancusi during a visit to his studio in 1955.

    An extraordinarily rare and important work, La Jeune fille sophistiquée is the only existing bronze example of Brancusi’s stylized portrait of the Anglo-American heiress and writer Nancy Cunard. The work retains the artist’s original hand-carved marble base, a factor of immense significance given the importance Brancusi attached to the interaction between materials and the interplay between his sculptural subjects and the pedestals upon which he placed them.

    Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, New York, remarked: “A daring and exquisite work of art, the Brancusi from The Collection of Elizabeth Stafford represents one of the vanishingly small number of the artist’s bronzes with its original carved base not in a museum collection. Its appearance on the market will be an exciting event for the world’s foremost collectors of Modern art.”

    A WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR BRANCUSI AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

    CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI (1867-1957) La muse endormie

    Constantin Brancusi’s La Muse Endormie sold for a world record price of $57.3 million at Christie’s in New York last night. It went to a client in the room after a nine minute bidding battle.

    Pablo Picasso’s Femme assize, robe bleue made $45 million. A total of 43 of the 55 lots offered at the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale found buyers.  The sale brought in $288.1 million.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for April 20 and March 30, 2017)