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    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

    In a bid to make collecting contemporary art easier on all pockets Christie’s in New York has launched its most accessible sale yet. Christie’s 100 is an online-only sale of nearly 100 lots, many with starting bids of $100. Assembled by the New York Post-War and Contemporary Art department it includes works by both emerging and established artists. Collectible works by Yayoi Kusama, KAWS and Robert Indiana are offered alongside photographs by Ryan McGinley and Vera Lutter and works on paper by Yves Tinguely, Barnaby Furnas and Richard Pettibone. Bidding is from January 28 – February 5.

    LEFT: Leo Gabin, Mother’s Day Rumble, 2013 ($4,000 – 6,000 RIGHT: Ryan McGinley, Untitled (Morrissey 15) 2006 ($2,000-3,000


    Sunday, January 19th, 2020

    A copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio will come up as part of the Exceptional Sale during Classic Week at Christie’s New York next April 24. The First Folio, bringing together for the first time the collected plays of Shakespeare, ranks as the greatest work of the English language and, indeed, of world literature. Already celebrated on its first publication, it has remained a highly sought-after masterpiece over four centuries.  Only six complete copies are known in private hands.

    It was published in 1623 by Shakespeare’s friends and fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, who collaborated after the writer’s death to compile this authoritative edition of his work. The First Folio contains thirty-six of Shakespeare’s plays, including eighteen that may have otherwise been lost forever — among the rescued works are Macbeth, The Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Julius Caesar. This is the first time in nearly 20 years that a complete copy of the First Folio has come to auction. It is being sold on behalf of Mills College in Oakland, California and is estimated at $4-6 million.

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Published According to the True Originall Copies.
    London: Printed by Isaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623
    UPDATE: IT MADE $9,978,000 and established a new world auction record for any work of literature at Christie’s on October 14.


    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

    Sales of American Art at Christie’s in New York will range from American Modernism and Illustration to the Hudson River School and art of the American West. Highlights include Andrew Wyeth’s Oliver’s Cap ($3,000,000 – 5,000,000) from the Collection of Ron and Diane Disney Miller, Norman Rockwell’s Harvest Moon ($1,000,000-1,500,000) from The Collection of Richard L. Weisman, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Pink Spotted Lillies  ($1,200,000-1,800,000) from The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection.

    The American Art sale on November 20 is comprised of 94 lots and the American Art online auction, comprised of 128 lots, is open for bidding November 14-20.

    A strong group of 19th century works features a rare Civil War oil painting Sounding Reveille by Winslow Homer from 1871, which has recently been on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art ($1,200,000-1,800,000). 

    Andrew Wyeth – Oliver’s Cap (courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2019)


    Monday, August 19th, 2019

    What to do about an antique market that is seen to be either the preserve of billionaires in international sales or in the doldrums at local level?  For innovation head to New York.

    A theme evident at the Winter Show in January has re-emerged just in time for Christie’s Interiors auction in the Big Apple on August 21 and 22. At the Winter Show an easy to read system of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 and so on was set up in an attempt to woo new young collectors. Christie’s summer interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects and fine art features a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready to wear line Markarian and CeCe Barfield Thompson, principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield Inc. Objects in the auction that provided inspiration for the designers’ capsule collections include a late 18th/19th century Dutch Delft blue and white five piece garniture, a pair of Italian marble jardiniers, a 19th century parcel gilt tray table and a pair of large button tufted couches or day beds of the Directoire and Empire periods known as recamiers. The capsule collections of dresses and homeware inspired by the objects in the auction are now being sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. 

    UPDATE: Interiors totaled $2,331,375 with 89% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.The sale attracted a high volume of online bidding through Christie’s LIVE, with 59% of all lots won or directly underbid by clients participating online.  The sale saw global participation with registered bidders from 43 countries.

    A pair of large button tufted 20th century recamiers UPDATE: THESE MADE $3,000


    Thursday, June 27th, 2019

    Nearly 200 rare artefacts celebrating space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11 will come up at Christie’s in New York on July 11. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years After Apollo 11 includes nearly 200 artifacts from NASA missions of the Sixties and Seventies including the Gemini and Apollo programs. The sale highlight is the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book ($7- 9 million) used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to navigate the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon in July 1969. 

    Tranquility Base Photograph The iconic picture of Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong inscribed by Aldrin with Armstrong’s name for the landing site. Buzz Aldrin was photographed by Neil Armstrong moments after both began exploring the surface of the Moon. This large image is inscribed “Tranquility Base, July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and is estimated at $7,000-9,000.


    Thursday, September 13th, 2018

    DAVID HOCKNEY (B. 1937), Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), acrylic on canvas.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $90.3 MILLION, BREAKING THE RECORD FOR A WORK BY A LIVING ARTIST

    With an estimate in the region of $80 million David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972 is poised to become the most expensive work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction at Christie’s in New York in November.  Representing a culminating apex of the artist’s two most celebrated motifs— the glistening water of a swimming pool and a double portrait – Portrait of an Artist is an immediately recognisable and iconic image in Hockney’s diverse oeuvre.

    It graced the covers of numerous artist monographs, starred in various exhibitions – including his traveling retrospective organised by the Tate Britain, the Centre Pompidou, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017-2018 – as well as the 1974 cult Hockney film, A Bigger Splash, the present canvas firmly stands its ground among Hockney’s most celebrated works.

    An often-told story of two compositions—the first destroyed over months of working and reworking, Hockney originally conceived the composition for Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) from the accidental, almost surreal juxtaposition of two photographs on his studio floor—one of a swimmer underwater, taken in Hollywood in 1966, and the other of a boy staring at something on the ground. Intrigued by how together, the disparate clipped images made it appear as if the boy was staring at the swimmer, this double-portrait arranged by chance impelled for Hockney a substantial dramatic charge.

    It comes up at Christie’s evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on November 15.

    The auction current record for David Hockney was set by Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica, 1990, which sold for $28,453,000 at Sotheby’s New York on May 16, 2018. The current auction record for any living artist was set by Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000, which sold for $58,405,000 at Christie’s New York on November 12, 2013.


    Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

    There will be a series of auctions, viewings, and events at Christie’s in New York from September 7-14 to mark Asian Art Week.  This year there will be eight distinct auctions featuring over 900 lots spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art from Chinese archaic bronzes through contemporary Indian painting.

    This season includes four thematic auctions, Qianlong’s precious vessel, a single lot sale dedicated to a revered bronze formerly in the Emperor’s collection, Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware, rare Chinese ceramics, Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from private collections and the Ruth and Carl Barron collection of fine Chinese snuff bottles.

    The week begins with Fine Chinese paintings led by a contemporary painting by Ma Xinle (born 1963) Horses ($250,000-350,000).

    Qi Baishi (1863-1957) – Chicks, hanging scroll.

    Ma Xinle (born 1963) – Horses




    Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    Fernand Leger – Contraste de forms, oil on burlap, Painted in 1913

    One of the most important canvasses by Fernand Léger to be offered at auction comes up at Christie’s in New York on November 13.  Contraste de forms, an oil on burlap painted in 1913,  was originally acquired from Léger at the end of 1913 by his dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler.

    It was bought in 1956 from Galerie Rosengart in Lucerne by Ludmilla and Hans Arnhold, an international banker and art collector. Mr. Arnhold later bequeathed the painting to their daughter and son-in law, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen. Mr. Kellen was longtime CEO of  investment banking firm, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Inc. (now First Eagle Holdings, Inc.).  He and his wife were passionate collectors and distinguished philanthropists.

    The Kellens were deeply captivated by Léger and his work, often visiting the Musée National Fernand-Léger in Biot, France, with their children and eventually their grandchildren. Contraste de formes was a highlight of their collection and enriched their New York home for over 40 years. This is the first time it has appeared at auction. Proceeds will go towards the foundation’s philanthropic mission.

    Conor Jordan, deputy chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, remarked: “This is pure painting seen in its most exciting form, bursting with visual and intellectual ideas. The Kellen Foundation’s Contraste de formes, among the greatest Léger’s still in private hands, has a startling intensity. Executed just months before the First World War, Contraste de formes with its groundbreaking abstract conception and its thrillingly preserved physical state, is without question a major work of Modern Art. Standing at the threshold of 20th century art, this picture marks a departure from the purely figurative, leading the way for abstract art.”


    Monday, April 17th, 2017

    The only single-owner collection of works by the Venetian architect and designer Carlo Scarpa ever at auction comes up at Christie’s in New York on May 4.  Carlo Scarpa: Visions in Glass 1926-1962, A Private European Collection encompasses around 90 pieces of Italian art glass. The collection provides an overview of the pioneering styles Scarpa created for M.V.M. Cappellin and subsequently Venini. In his collaboration with the two glassmakers and in particular with Venini, Scarpa developed a modern vocabulary for the century-old techniques of glass making and paved the way for the resurgence of the island of Murano as a centre of glass with a modern outlook. Trained as an architect Scarpa developed a range of new surface treatments and techniques, while being inspired by ancient Roman glass as well as Chinese works of art. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE:  The sale realised $2.4 million, it was 80% sold by lot and 92% by value and many lots more than doubled initial estimates.

    Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) A Summerso Vase c1934-36 ($30,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE $40,000

    A Murrine Opache dish c1940 ($100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE $235,500

    A Tessuto Battuto vase designed 1938-40 ($20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE $40,000

    A rare Murrine Romane vase c1936 ($40,000-60,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE $175,000


    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

    A blockbuster line-up of Impressionist and Modern art highlights will come up at Christie’s in New York in November.  They will be sold in a  combined cross-category week of major fine art sales from November 9-13.  Over 500 works of Impressionist and Modern Art by the most celebrated artists of the era will be offered beginning with The Artist’s Muse: A Curated Evening Sale on November 9, 

    The sale week will be led by Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché from 1917-1918, a masterpiece of the Modern era. Poised to set a new auction record for the artist, it is among the star lots of a special cross-category sale of 20th century art curated along the theme of the artist’s muse. (All images courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015).

    Rene Magritte - Le miroir universel ($3-5 million)

    Rene Magritte – Le miroir universel ($3-5 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE $6,661,000

    (See post on for September 3, 2015)

    Alberto Giacometti - James Lord ($22-30 mllion)

    Alberto Giacometti – James Lord ($22-30 mllion)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £$20,885,000

    Paul Cezanne - Pommes sur un ligne ($7-10 million)

    Paul Cezanne – Pommes sur un ligne ($7-10 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE $9,125,000