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  • EARLY MAGRITTE MASTERPIECE LEADS SURREAL ART SALE

    LED by an early Magritte masterpiece the most valuable group of works in the category at auction to date will feature at Christie’s annual sale of Surreal Art in London on February 4.  Les chasseurs au bord de la nuit (The hunters at the edge of night) by Rene Magritte dates to 1928 and is estimated at £6-9 million.  The auction of 54 lots includes art by Joan Miro, Carlo Carra, Paul Delvaux as well as De Chirico, Dali, Dominguez, Ernst, Arshile Gorky, Man Ray, Tanguy and Dorothea Tanning.  Estimates range from £40,000 to £9 million with an overall pre-sale estimate of £42.9-£64.5 million.  Christie’s evening auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art on February 4 have a total pre-sale estimate of £137.1- £199.5 million.

    Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s said: “25 years on from holding the inaugural standalone Dada and Surrealism sale and 14 years since Christie’s established its annual auction in the field, the global demand for this pioneering movement continues to go from strength to strength. Surrealist art now commands the attention of the international art market from across many collecting categories, from Old Masters to Contemporary art. We are proud to present this rich array of exemplary works, led by a monumental early Magritte and the most significant work by Carlo Carrà ever to come to auction, alongside the outstanding works from the landmark offering of the collection ‘Miró – Seven Decades of His Art’.”

    Renè Magritte Les chasseurs au bord de la nuit (The hunters at the edge of night) 1928 (£6-9 million). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

    Renè Magritte
    Les chasseurs au bord de la nuit (The hunters at the edge of night)
    1928 (£6-9 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £6,578,500

    Paul Delvaux La Vénus endormie 1943 (£1.2-1.6 million).

    Paul Delvaux La Vénus endormie 1943 (£1.2-1.6 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

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