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    LONDON TO ST. IVES AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, June 5th, 2017

    London to St. Ives, a journey through British Art is the title of the sale of an important private collection at Sotheby’s on June 29.  The evening sale comprises 49 works and features British artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, Graham Sutherland, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Anthony Caro.

    During the middle of the 20th century, London – bomb-ravaged and starving but still the capital city of a global empire – had a serious competitor as the artistic capital in a small fishing village at the westernmost tip of the country. In both London and Cornwall, artists wrestled with the question posed by German philosopher Adorno – how could one write poetry after the horrors of Auschwitz? For London-based artists such as Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Reg Butler this resulted in an intense and forensic re-examination of the human figure and human relationships. In St Ives artists such as Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost turned to abstraction. This is an auction of work by the British artists at the forefront of the avant-garde. It is estimated to bring in between £3-5 million.

    Peter Lanyon – Fly Away 1961 (£300,000-500,000)

    Patrick Heron – Tall Brown June 1959 (£400,000-600,000)

    Frank Auerbach – Jake Seated (£300,000-500,000)

    A PRE-RAPHAELITE BEAUTY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Lady Lilith  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £680,750

    The only version of one of the most iconic works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to remain in private hands comes up at Sotheby’s in London on July 13. A celebration of the beauty of the artist’s first mistress, Fanny Cornforth Lady Lilith comes to auction for the first time in thirty years. The work was painted during Rossetti’s most innovative period in the 1860’s, when he created the cult of the Pre-Raphaelite beauty, or ‘Stunner’ as he called them, whose physical qualities were embodied by Fanny Cornforth.  It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

    Simon Toll, Sotheby’s Victorian Art Specialist, said: “Rossetti’s work is a great passion of mine and I have been lucky enough to bring to auction several important examples by him in recent years, breaking the world record for a watercolour, a drawing and an oil painting. ‘Lady Lilith’ has always been one of my favourites but I had never seen this particular picture ‘in the flesh’. It was a moment of genuine excitement when I first saw it being unwrapped from the packing case in which it had been sent from Japan, its home for the last thirty years. Not only is the work in wonderful condition, it’s also in Rossetti’s original frame and with the artist’s hand-written poem attached to the backing-board. To find a picture in such an untouched condition is exceptionally rare.”

    APOLLO 11 BAG AND MOON DUST AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, June 1st, 2017

    The bag used to bring back to earth the very first sample of lunar material ever collected comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on July 20 – the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Traces of the moon dust and small rocks are still embedded in the fabric of the bag, which is labeled “Lunar Sample Return”.  Nearly all of the equipment from that historic mission is housed in the U.S. National Collections at the Smithsonian; however a recent court ruling has allowed this to be the only such artifact in private hands. It comes up at an inaugural Space Exploration sale and is estimated at $2-4 million.

    Cassandra Hatton, Vice President and Senior Specialist in charge of the sale commented: “This seemingly modest bag was part of mankind’s greatest journey, and played a crucial role in the single most important scientific task of the Apollo 11 mission – to bring back the very first sample of lunar material ever collected. To be able to see such an object in person is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is one thing to read about going to the moon; it is quite another to hold in one’s hands an object that was actually there, and that still carries traces of that faraway place.”

    UPDATE: THIS MADE $1.8 MILLION

    A VENETIAN MASTERPIECE AT SOTHEBY’S IN JULY

    Monday, May 29th, 2017

    Michele Marieschi – La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore

    A rare eighteenth century painting by Italian artist Michele Marieschi will come up at Sotheby’s  flagship Old Master evening sale in London on July 5. La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore, comes to the market following a successful restitution settlement, led by Art Recovery International, between the current possessors and the heirs of the previous owners – the Graf family who last saw the painting in 1938, before they fled Nazi occupied Austria. Following over 15 years of negotiations, the work will be offered this summer with an estimate of £500,000 – 700,000.

    Painted in 1739 – 40, La Punta della Dogana e san Giorgio Maggiore is a rare example of a unique work by Marieschi, who often created multiple paintings from the same viewpoint. Depicting the Dogana with the Church of San Giorgio across the Bacino in the distance, and animated by a host of colourful figures and gondolas in the foreground, this painting is notable for its broad panorama and the depth of its composition, and is one of Marieschi’s most successful works.

    ART COLLECTION OF MARIO TESTINO AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, May 29th, 2017

    The art collection of celebrated photographer Mario Testino will be sold across two auctions at Sotheby’s on September 13 and 14 and an online only sale of the photographs he collected. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Museo Mate in Lima, Peru.  The sale will be preceded by an exhibition – “Shake it Up” – at Sotheby’s in London.  More than 400 works will be displayed. “Art had a transformative effect on my life and I want to give people this same opportunity. I hope through Museo MATE and all its activities we can do that”  he said.

    A collector for over three decades Testino supported many leading artists before they became established names.  There are artists of 45 different nationalities in the sale.  They range from  renowned international artists including Richard Prince, Georg Baselitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rudolf Stingel, Sterling Ruby, Gilbert & George and Cindy Sherman, to emerging names from every corner of the globe.

    Wolfgang Tillmans Eclipse 2-3 (1998) (£40,000-60,000)

    Richard Prince Untilted (Girlfriend) 1993 (£250,000-350,000)

    AN EXTRAORDINARY HOUSE CONTENTS SALE IN LONDON

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017
    The Belgrave Square home of Irish tycoon Edward Haughey has been described as the Downton Abbey of our times.  Contents from his extraordinary London home – which formed a backdrop to life at the highest levels of British society – will come under the hammer at Sotheby’s on May 23 and 24.
    The Kilcurry, Co. Louth born pharmaceutical magnate Lord Ballyedmond (no relation of the late Taoiseach)  who died in a helicopter crash in 2014 was a keen collector with very deep pockets. Inspired by the Regency and neoclassical designs of Robert Adam he transformed a once dormant property in one of London’s most prestigious squares into a modern evocation of a great Georgian town house. Along the way he amassed a collection of paintings, tapestries, porcelain, silver and furniture.
    Among the lots are a silver wine cistern capable of accommodating over 70 bottles of champagne. This is a 1992 reproduction of a 1719 original by Paul de Lamerie and is estimated at £80,000-120,000. A 19th century dinner service with the arms of the Thurn & Taxis family is estimated at £2,500-3,500, a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of Mrs. Richard Pennant has an estimate of £20,000-30,000 and a Louis XV tapestry is estimated at £12,000-18,000. Other lots include a silver aviary, chandeliers, marble sculptures, clocks and collectibles.

    Born in 1944 Lord Ballyedmond is renowned as only the second person in history after the Marquess of Lansdowne in the 1920’s to have sat in the upper houses of both the Irish and British  parliaments. A second sale, the Ballyedmond collection part II: Gentlemen’s Accessories Online, will open on May 23.  It will feature objects like cufflinks, tie pins and watches by makers including Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron and Tiffany. Estimates range from £150 to £6,000.

    UPDATE:  THE sale totalled £4.4 million with bidders from every continents and a sell through rate of 94.3%.  Most lots went able the high estimate.

    The dining room at Belgrave Square.

    The parlour at Belgrave Square.

    A reproduction silver wine cistern capable of holding 70 bottles of champagne modelled on a 1719 original by Paul de Lamerie (£80,000-120,000).  UPDATE: THIS WAS THE TOP LOT OF THE SALE AND MADE £112,500

    Sir Joshua Reynolds – Portrait of Mrs. Richard Pennant 1816 (£20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £25,000

    BASQUIAT BREAKS $100 MILLION BARRIER

    Friday, May 19th, 2017

    Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled from 1982 sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York last night. This was an auction record for a work by an American artist.  It was purchased by Yusaku Maezawa, founder of e-commerce giant Start Today and ZOZOTOWN, the virtual mall on Japan’s largest fashion e-commerce site. The painting will eventually be housed in a museum based in Mr. Maezawa’s hometown of Chiba, Japan.  It was the highest ever price for an artwork created post 1980, the 2nd highest price for any contemporary artwork at auction and the sixth highest price for any artwork ever sold at auction.

    Tonight, Jean-Michel Basquiat entered the pantheon of artists whose works have commanded prices over $100 million, including Picasso, Giacometti, Bacon, and Warhol,” Grégoire Billault, Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department in New York commented. “This extraordinary canvas from 1982 has broken so many benchmarks – a record for any American artist at auction and for a work of art created post-1980, to name just two – but those of us lucky enough to have been in its presence will only remember it’s awesome power.  To think that it was created by a virtually-unknown 21-year old is humbling.  We are thrilled that it was purchased by Yusaku Maezawa for his planned museum so others will have a chance to experience its magic firsthand.”

    With participation from 39 countries the sale totalled $319,199,000 and was 96% sold by lot.  This was the 4th Consecutive Contemporary Art evening auction at Sotheby’s worldwide with a sell-through rate of over 90%.  There were artist records for Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jonas Wood, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mira Schendel, Blinky Palermo, Takeo Yamaguchi and Keith Haring.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for April 27, 2017)

    MALEVICH LEADS SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK SALE

    Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

    Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist Composition with Plane in Projection sold for $21.2 million to lead Sotheby’s auction of Impressionist and Modern art in New York last night.  The sale, which saw exceptional prices for sculpture, brought in $173.8 million. There was a new record for Max Ernst whose Surrealist bronze from the Motherwell collection made $16 million. New auction records were also established for Diego Giacometti ($6.3 million), Jean Arp ($4.9 million) and Germaine Richier ($3 million).  The Impressionist sale was led by a Monet view of the pond at Giverny which made $16 million.

    Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department, commented: “Collectors are ready to look in every corner of the marketplace  for the best of the best, be it sculpture, Impressionism, Modern or avant-garde works. When you offer something so rare, that hasn’t been seen at auction before, and is represented in the greatest museums, it ticks all the boxes. And today’s collectors are ready to go the extra mile to secure those special pieces – the excitement we saw around the Malevich and the Ernst reflects that. Taken together with our outstanding results achieved in London this past March, our flagship sales of Impressionist & Modern Art are up nearly 50% year to date – a statement on both the strength of the market and our performance for our clients.”

    Kazimir Malevich Suprematist Composition with Plane in Projection made $21.1 million

    Max Ernst Le Roi Jouant Avec La Reine (sold for $15.9 million)

    Claude Monet Le Bassin aux nymphéas ($15.9 million)

    Diego Giacometti Bibliothèque De L’île Saint-Louis (sold for $6.3 million)

    BALLYEDMOND COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S

    Monday, May 1st, 2017

    The collection of Edward Haughey Lord Ballyedmond (1944-2014), who died in a helicopter crash, will come up at Sotheby’s in London on May 23-24. The collection stands as testament to Lord Ballyedmond’s unerring eye as a collector, displaying a lifelong passion for the finest art and antiques, with a rare attention to detail. Around 700 objects mostly drawn from a magnificent townhouse on London’s Belgrave Square, described as the “Downton Abbey of our times” will come under the hammer. This extraordinary London home formed the backdrop to life at the highest level of British society. 

    Born in Kilcurry, County Louth, Ireland, Lord Ballyedmond rose from humble beginnings to make his fortune founding and steering to extraordinary success the Norbrook Group, a pharmaceutical company based in Newry, Northern Ireland. Equally influential in the world of politics as he was in business, Lord Ballyedmond is renowned as only the second person in history – after the Marquess of Lansdowne in the 1920s – to have sat in the upper houses of both the British and Irish parliaments. His standing was such that the United States government was amongst the many to pay tribute to his remarkable accomplishments: “His achievements brought significant employment to Northern Ireland and other places around the world, while his philanthropic endeavours helped improve the quality of life of countless others.” 

    Inspired by the Regency and the neoclassical designs of British architect, Robert Adam and entranced by the salons of 18th-century London, Lord Ballyedmond transformed a once dormant property on one of London’s most prestigious squares into a modern evocation of a great Georgian town house, specifically designed to entertain on an ambassadorial scale. His collection  was the fruit of selective and judicious collecting, both at auction and from dealers, with an unmatched attention to the finest of details. Paintings, tapestries, porcelain, silver and furniture were all thoughtfully put together to create something which would enthrall and delight visitors to Belgrave Square.

    The Ballyedmond Collection Part II: Gentlemen’s Accessories Online, an online sale of gentlemen’s dressing accessories, will open on May 23. Lord Ballyedmond was an elegant man and discerning collector; cufflinks, tie-pins and watches by great names including Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron and Tiffany & Co. adorn this online offering with estimates ranging from £150 to £6,000.

    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF MAPMAKER JOHN SPEED

    Monday, May 1st, 2017

    The complete works of mapmaker John Speed come up at Sotheby’s in London on May 9. Dating to the 17th century the collection includes the first detailed map to show the provinces of Ireland, the first set of county maps and  the first comprehensive set of English town plans.  The 96 hand coloured maps are expected to realised £100,000-150,000 at Sotheby’s sale of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. Speeds The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain was first published in 1612.  His Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World was first produced in 1627.

    At the same sale two rare wall maps of Australia and Asia by Joan Blaeu (1596-1673) rediscovered in a private residence in Italy are together expected to make more than £250,000. Blaeu was cartographer to the Dutch East India Company.

    John Speed – The Kingdome of Ireland

    John Speed – The Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland

    Joan Blaeu – Archipelagus orientalis sive Asiaticus

    Joan Blaeu – Archipelagus orientalis sive Asiaticus