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    A Picasso in the apartment. (Click to enlarge).

    Living with Art, an extraordinary private collection of 200 masterpieces from antiquity to contemporary art will be offered by Christie’s in London next February.  Collected with a focus on aesthetic quality it includes paintings, sculpture, furniture and works of art.  It will be offered on February 9 and 10, the same week as the annual spring auctions of impressionist and modern art.  The collection, which includes works by Picasso, Miró, Meléndez, Brueghel, Guston and Chillida, together with Gothic and Renaissance works of art and European furniture, is expected to realize from £25-£35 million.

    A work by Miro. (Click to enlarge).

    The deputy chairman of Christie’s Europe, Orlando Rock, said:  “This fascinating private collection is a celebration of a couple’s deeply sophisticated connoisseurship, embracing contrasting cultures and millennia.  Confident and brave, the couple was not afraid to juxtapose works of art from all periods as long as the key criteria of quality, condition and aesthetic value were met.  As the interior photographs of their apartment show each and every work was carefully placed to ensure a provocative conversation between different periods of time – Baroque picture frames with modern works on paper, antiquity side by side with contemporary, forms and colour picked out between Leger, tribal heads and specially woven wall coverings”.

    UPDATE:  The evening part of the sale on February 9, 2012 realised £30,060,200. The top lot was Personnages et oiseau devant le soleil, 1946 by Joan Miro. It made £5,081,250 and there was a world record price of £3.5 million for a still life by Louis Melendez.


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