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    Friday, November 10th, 2023
    Claude Monet –  Le bassin aux nymphéas sold for $74,010,000. 

    Monet’s Le bassin aux nymphéas was the top lot at Christie’s stellar 20th century evening sale in New York last night. His lily pond painting made $74 million in an auction that brought in $640,846,000 and established artists records for Richard Diebenkorn, Barbara Hepworth, Arshile Gorky, Joan Mitchell, Joan Snyder and Fernando Botero. This is the highest total in a single night for a various-owner evening sale since November 2017. Selling 97% by lot, 98% by value, and 105% hammer against low estimate it brings the running total of the week so far at Christie’s to $748,297,800. The second highest price of the night was for Francis Bacon’s Figure in Movement which made $52,160,000. 

    Richard Diebenkorn’s Recollections of a Visit to Leningrad was the highest record of the night, selling for $46,410,000. Joan Mitchell’s Untitled made $29,160,000. Arshile Gorky’s Charred Beloved I made $23,410,000, Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man: Ancestor II sold for $11,565,000, Fernando Botero’s The Musicians achieved $5,132,000, and Joan Snyder’s The Stripper sold for $478,800.

    Three Cezanne paintings were sold to benefit the Langmatt Museum in Baden, Switzerland. The group was led by Fruits et pot de gingembre which realised $38,935,000. This was followed by Quatre pommes et un couteau selling for$10,415,000 and La mer à l’Estaque made $3,196,000.

    Richard Diebenkorn – Recollections of a Visit to Leningrad made a record $46,410,000.


    Monday, September 18th, 2023
    Barbara Hepworth – Three Oblique Forms (Walk In) (1968). UPDATE: THIS MADE £5,830,000)

    Barbara Hepworth’s Three Oblique Forms (Walk In) (1968) will lead Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art evening sale in London on October 18. Standing at almost three metres in height it is one of a rare and highly important group of monumental sculptures created by Barbara Hepworth in the 1960’s. They were intended to be set in open-air surroundings and make a new understanding of landscape. Three Oblique Forms (Walk In) is on view in the garden setting of St James’s Square, adjacent to Christie’s headquarters on London’s King Street, until October 18, a unique opportunity to enjoy the work in a public outdoor space accessible to all. The piece is estimated at £6,000,000-9,000,000.


    Friday, June 5th, 2015

    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989) Still Life

    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989) Still Life  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £362,500

    A William Scott Still Life will highlight Irish entries at Christie’s Modern British and Irish Art evening sale in London on June 25.  It is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  The 40 lot auction is headed by Dame Barbara Hepworth’s Two Forms with White (Greek) estimated at £1.3 to 1.8 million. There are works by L.S. Lowry, Sir Stanley Spencer, Ben Nicholson, Sir Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield and Mark Gertler.  Estimates for this sale range from £20,000 to £1.3 million.

    The day sale on June 26  features two works by Yeats, The Light of the Town (£40,000-60,000) and The Tops of the Mountains (£20,000-30,000).  There are 146 works in this sale with estimates starting at just £1,500.

    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957) The Light of Towns

    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
    The Light of Towns UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £67,300

    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957) The Tops of the Mountains

    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
    The Tops of the Mountains  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £25,000