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    A GREAT YEAR FOR CHRISTIE’S IN FRANCE

    Sunday, December 10th, 2017

    Jean-Paul Riopelle, Untitled (1953).

    Christie’s French Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales achieved a combined annual total of 96,553,150 this year, the highest realised to date. Led by Jean-Paul Riopelle’s monumental 1953 painting Untitled, December auctions brought in 21,447,000.  The Riopelle made 4,882,500,, a new world record at auction for the artist. There were records too for Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Ville vue d’au-delà du soleil (523,500) and Pierrette Bloch’s Sans titre (12,50 ).

    Paul Nyzam, Head of Evening Auction, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s, Paris said: “The outstanding totals for the December season follow the success of our October FIAC auctions, which underlined continued growth with a 110% increase on the equivalent sales from 2016.”

    EL GRECO TOPS CHRISTIE’S OLD MASTERS AUCTION

    Friday, December 8th, 2017

    El Greco – Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation

    El Greco’s Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation was the top lot at Christie’s Old Masters evening sale in London on December 7.  From the Collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr. it sold for £6,871,250.  This is the second highest price for the artist at auction.

    The sale totalled £21,772,000.  There was a new world record for Bartholomäus Spranger with Mercury carrying Psyche to Mount Olympus, which  made £3,368,750.  The sale saw registered bidders from 30 countries, across five continents.

    Henry Pettifer, Head of Christie’s Old Master Paintings EMERI: “2017 is the second consecutive record year for Old Masters at Christie’s. With 78% of lots selling above estimate, tonight’s sale was 93% sold by value, the second highest sell-through rate by value for Old Masters, Christie’s London. The sale proved the healthy demand for 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, demonstrated by the highly competitive bidding for the works by Spranger, Rembrandt, Ruisdael and Teniers, among others. We were pleased to see El Greco’s superb Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation set the second highest price for the artist at auction, and for the new record for the Spranger which is one of the finest mannerist pictures to come to the market in recent memory.”

    SEAN SCULLY AT CHRISTIE’S MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH SALE

    Saturday, November 18th, 2017

    Sean Scully – Iris CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    Sean Scully will carry the flag for Irish art at Christie’s Modern British and Irish art evening sale in London on November 22. Two works by the artist are in the sale. Iris, signed and dated 2005, is estimated at £500,000-800,000 and East Coast Light 2 is estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    There is a focus on British Pop artists, including the last painting executed by founding member Pauline Boty, titled BUM  alongside work by Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Eduardo Paolozzi. Beatitudes of Love 6: Consciousness was painted in1938 by Sir Stanley Spencer during his failed second marriage to Patricia Preece. It is estimated at £1.3-1.8 million.  The evening auction will be followed by a day sale on November 23.

    UPDATE: THE SCULLY MADE £584,750

    LEONARDO OBLITERATES WORLD RECORD AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, November 16th, 2017

    Salvator Mundi – painted around 1500.

    That was the night that was at Christie’s in New York. Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi made auction history by selling for $450,312,500 million.  This stellar price totally obliterated any previous world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction. The depiction of Christ as Saviour of the World had been estimated at $100 million. The price reflects the extreme rarity of paintings by Leonardo.  Fewer than 20 in existence are acknowledged as being from the artist’s own hand, and all apart from Salvator Mundi  are in museum collections.

    The inclusion of Salvator Mundi  in the landmark London National Gallery 2011-12 exhibition of Leonardo’s surviving paintings — the most complete display of such works ever held — sealed its acceptance as a fully autograph work by Leonardo da Vinci. This came after more than six years of painstaking research and inquiry to document the painting’s authenticity. It was process that began shortly after the work was discovered — heavily veiled with overpaints, long mistaken for a copy — in a small, regional auction in the United States in 2005. Prior to that, it was consigned to a 1958 sale at Sotheby’s where it sold for £45.

    The painting was first recorded in the Royal collection of King Charles I (1600-1649), and thought to have hung in the private chambers of Henrietta Maria – the wife of King Charles I – in her palace in Greenwich, and was later in the collection of Charles II. It was next recorded in a 1763 sale by Charles Herbert Sheffield, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Buckingham, who put it into auction following the sale of what is now Buckingham Palace to the king. It then disappeared until 1900, when it was acquired by Sir Charles Robinson as a work attributed to Leonardo’s follower, Bernardino Luini, for the Cook Collection. By this time, its authorship by Leonardo, origins and illustrious royal history had been forgotten, and Christ’s face and hair had been overpainted and obscured. In the dispersal of the Cook Collection, it was ultimately consigned to a sale at Sotheby’s in 1958 where it sold for £45.

    The previous record for the most expensive work of art at auction was held by Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)  which achieved $179,364,992.

    Christie’s Post War and Contemporary art evening sale totalled $785,942,250, including buyers premium. This was the second highest total for a various owner Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale at Christie’s.  There were 14 artists records for, among others, Adam Pendelton, Philippe Parreno, Kerry James Marshall, Vija Celmins, Lee Krasner, Hans Hofmann, William Baziotes, Julian Schnabel and Isamu Noguchi.

    UPDATE:  It was announced in December that the painting is destined for The Louvre in Abu Dhabi which opened its doors on November 8 this year.  It has been suggested that the work will be lent to other museums in the Middle East and Asia.

    LEGER AND VAN GOGH STEAL THE SHOW AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

    Laboureur dan un champ by Vincent van Gogh was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern evening sale in New York last night. It sold for $81.3 million in a sale that brought in $479.3 million.  Altogether 68 lots were offered and 60 were sold. This was the second highest total for a various owner  sale of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s. Fernand Leger’s Contraste de Formes sold for $70 million.

    Vincent van Gogh –
    Laboureur dans un champ

    Fernand Leger – Contraste de formes

    EL GRECO, CLAUDE MONET, GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, October 26th, 2017

    IF  you are a collector drawn to artists like El Greco, Claude Monet, Robert Delaunay, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Russian artists of the twentieth century it is probably just as well that your name is Rothschild.   Christie’s has announced that property from the collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr. will be offered across a series of sales in November and December, including the Impressionist and Modern, American Art and Old Masters sales.

    In his lifetime he amassed one of the largest, privately owned collections of Russian avant-garde art in the United States. Certain works in the collection are being sold by the Rothschild Art Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr.  Overall, the collection includes 51 works and is expected to exceed $30 million.

    Conor Jordan, deputy chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, commented: “Stanford Rothschild, Jr.’s forty-year journey in art collecting was distinguished by an ambitious range and a keen sense of quality.  Few collections range from the 17th to the 20th century; fewer still are as rich in prime examples from the artists represented. Whether it is the expressive force of El Greco’s ‘Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation,’ or the scintillating atmosphere that marks the two fine Monets of the Normandy coast and Venice, Stan’s attention to the compelling experience a great work of art should offer is present everywhere.”

    EL GRECO (1541-1614) ST. FRANCIS AND BR. LEO IN MEDITATION ($5-7 MILLION)

    GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (1887-1986) APPLES – NO 1 ($300,000-500,000)

    ROBERT DELAUNAY (1885-1921) LA TOUR EIFFEL ($2.5-3.5 MILLION) CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) – Le Rio de la Salute painted in 1908 ($7-10 million) CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    FINEST COLLECTION OF SPORTING AND ORNITHOLOGICAL ART

    Friday, October 20th, 2017

    The Astor Collection from Tillyproniethe finest collection of sporting and ornithological art to come to market in over 20 years, will come up at Christie’s as part of December Classic Week. The auction includes one of the most comprehensive selections of works by ornithological artist Archibald Thorburn, along with a younger generation of artists such as Claire Harkess, Steven Porwol, Darren Woodhead and Jonathan Sainsbury, many of whom have been hosted at the historic Tillypronie estate in Scotland. It reflects the Astor family’s thoughtful collecting interests and also presents sculpture, furniture and decorative arts.  It comes up at Christie’s London on 15 December 15 along with an online-only sale that will be open for bids from December 9 to 18.

    John James Audubon (1785-1851) – Frigate Pelican (£7,000-10,000)

    Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) – A Frosty Dawn (£50,000-70,000)

    PRINTS AND MULTIPLES AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

    Works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.

    More than 300 lots by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol will come up at Christie’s two-day sale of  Prints and Multiples in New York  on October 23-24.  This sale includes modern works by Marc Chagall, Edward Hopper, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso.  There is a complete set of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II screenprints, 1969 (sold individually).  They are from the estate of Dr. Giuseppe Rossi, the chest and vascular surgeon credited with saving the artist’s life on June 3, 1968, after he was shot by radical feminist and playwright Valerie Solanas. The incident had a profound effect on Warhol and this group of screenprints was given to the doctor as a gesture of the artist’s immense gratitude.

    DELACROIX LA LIBERTE SKETCH IN OIL AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, October 9th, 2017

    EUGÈNE DELACROIX (FRENCH, 1798-1863), Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple, 1830,

    Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple, 1830 by Eugène Delacroix will lead Christie’s Classic Week 19th Century European & Orientalist Art auction in London on December 14.. This autographed painting is the only known sketch in oil that fully outlines the intended final composition for Delacroix’s masterpiece La liberté guidant le peuple, in the collection of the Louvre in Paris. It is estimated at £700,000-1,000,000.

    Providing a rare insight into Delacroix’s creative process, the fast and fluid lines of the final composition takes form with the figure of Liberty at the centre, surrounded by the fallen men who populate the primary plane. A pivotal figure, looking up in hope and admiration, is present to the left in both the preparatory and the final painting.

    Arne Everwijn, Head of Sale, 19th Century European & Orientalist Art, London, said: “La Liberté guidant le people is one of the most iconic works in art history and we are extremely excited to present the only known oil sketch of Delacroix’s masterpiece to collectors this December, during Christie’s Classic Week. The fluidity of the sketch and the use of sharp diagonal lines exemplifies the artistic mastery of Delacroix, portraying the dynamism and movement for which the final composition is known.”

    20th CENTURY DESIGN AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

    Furniture, lighting, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork by leading designers of the last 120 years will come up at three sales at Christie’s in London on October 18.  Design; Historical Design and the private collection of couturier Wolfgang Joop will feature sought after works by British, European and Asian designers, spanning Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau to mid-century Italian and Nordic design.  In addition there will be 16 unique creations by contemporary Asian designers.  Here is a small selection:

    GIO PONTI (1891-1979)
    A RARE SET OF THREE MODULAR COFFEE TABLES, CIRCA 1945
    £30,000–40,000

    VENINI (EST. 1921) A UNIQUE LIGHT-SCULPTURE, 1960s
    £40,000–60,000

    ALEXANDRE CHARY: A UNIQUE ‘HEXA’ SCREEN, 2017 £4,000–6,000

    STUDIO MVW: A ‘JINSHI’ COFFEE TABLE, 2017
    £20,000–25,000