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    CONTEMPORARY ART ACHIEVES £89 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019

    With bidders from 46 countries across all continents Christie’s Contemporary Art evening sales achieved £89 million in London last night. The Post War and Contemporary sale achieved £64.5 million. Basquiat’s Four Big was the top lot at £8.6 million. There was much interest in work by ariists like Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Pierre Soulanges and Carl Andre. The Thinking Italian sale totalled £24.5 million and the top lot was Sacco by Alberto Burri which made £4.5 million.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 25, 2019)

    Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)
    Alpenveilchen/Flowers SOLD FOR £5.6 MILLION

    PIONEERING ARTISTS AT CHRISTIE’S CONTEMPORARY SALE

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

    The evening Post War and Contemporary art auction at Christie’s in London on October 4 during Frieze Week  will be followed by the annual sale dedicated to Italian artists. The sale showcases artists who pioneered new directions for the medium of paint ranging from Sigmar Polke’s dotted raster technique to Gerhard Richter’s ‘Abstraktes Bild’ series and from Joan Mitchell to Kazuo Shiraga. The auction will be led by Basquiat’s Four Big (1982) (\£7.5-9.5 million).

    JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960–1988)
    Four Big UPDATE: THIS MADE £8.6 MILLION

    ONLINE SALE OF BANKSY EDITIONS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019
    BANKSY – MORONS, GIRL WITH BALLOON AND CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

    AN online auction of Banksy editions runs at Christie’s until September 24. It features 30 editions by the artist. The sale is led by an extremely rare artist’s proof Girl with Balloon  (£150,000-£250,000). This initially appeared as a series of stencil murals sprayed in various locations across London, with the first example appearing on the steps of Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank in 2002.

    MILES DAVIS DESIGNED TRUMPET AT EXCEPTIONAL SALE

    Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

    A trumpet designed and played by Miles Davis, one of the most significant jazz musicians of all time, comes up at the Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in New York on October 29. The ‘Martin Committee’ Trumpet in B Flat, model T3460, by the Martin Co., was commissioned circa 1980 and features a deep blue lacquer and gilt crescent moon and stars, designed according to Davis’s specifications. The ‘Moon and Stars’ trumpet is estimated at $70,000-100,000.

    In a performing and recording career of almost fifty years Miles Davis produced many critically acclaimed albums and Kind of Blue, recorded in just two sessions in 1959, remains the best-selling jazz album of all time.

    ‘Martin Committee’ Trumpet in B Flat, Model T3460

    THE COLLECTION OF EILEEN AND I.M. PEI AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

    Seminal works by Barnett Newman, Jean Dubuffet, and Zao Wou-Ki are included in the Collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei which will come up at Christie’s this autumn. All were friends of the celebrated international architect and his wife. Their collection, acumulated over the course of their 72 year marriage, features an exceptional selecton of paintings, drawings, works on paper and sculpture. Additional works by Franz Kline,Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Willem de Kooning, Henry Moore, Jacques Lipchitz, Xu Shiqi and Isamu Noguchi highlight the diversity of the couple’s aesthetic interests and influences. The full collection of 59 works is expected to exceed $25 million. It will be offered through sales at Christie’s in New York, Hong Kong and Paris.

    Eileen and I.M. Pei, Hong Kong, 1988 | Courtesy Eileen and I.M. Pei Family Archive

    THE ART COLLECTION OF RENOWNED ARCHITECT AT CHRISTIE’S

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019

    The Clarke Collection, an exceptional selection of Post War and Contemporary Art including 35 works by Ed Ruscha, will come up at Christie’s in New York this autumn.

    The collection represents Laura and Fred Clarke’s lifelong passion sof self discovery through art. Clarke’s globally-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, which he established with the late Argentine-American architect César Pelli, designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (once the tallest building in the world), Canary Wharf in London, the World Financial Center in New York, the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, and The International Finance Centre in Hong Kong.

    “Years before we could afford to start buying,” Fred Clarke explained, “we could buy an extraordinary work of art for just a few dollars. I was a collector before I was a buyer. To be a buyer you have to have money, but to be a collector all you really need is to look and to do the work. It’s not about cost, it’s about value.” Works on paper, prints, sculpture and design will be offered across several sales beginning with a single artist sale, 35 works by Ed Ruscha on September 27.

    Ed Ruscha (b. 1937), Standard Station (Engberg 5), 1966. Screenprint in colours, numbered 41/50.

    MONUMENTAL MASTERPIECE AT CHRISTIE’S PARIS

    Friday, July 12th, 2019

    Parc des Princes, a monumental masterpiece by Nicolas de Staël comes up at Christie’s in Paris on October 17 during FIAC (the International Contemporary Art Fair) with an estimate of 18-25 million. The work has remained in the family of Nicolas de Staël since his passing in 1955, and constitutes a key element in the history of post-war art.

    Completed in 1952 the painting is the zenith of a series of soccer players which the artist completed after attending a France Sweden match with his wife in March of that year in the renowned Parisian stadium.

    Parc des Princes by Nicolas de Staël

    THE MOON AND BEYOND AT CHRISTIE’S ONLINE

    Friday, July 12th, 2019

    The Moon and Beyond, Meteorites from the Stifler Collection is open for bidding at an online sale at Christie’s until July 25. Estimates range from $700 to $350,000. The sale is led by a natural sculpture from outer space – the outstanding aesthetic iron Gibeon Meteorite ($250,000 – 350,000) is draped in a variegated gunmetal-hued patina with ochre accents. Like most iron meteorites, Gibeon meteorites were formed 4.5 billion years ago within the molten core of an asteroid whose shattered remains are part of the asteroid belt.

    The Stifler Collection boasts the six largest lunar meteorites on Earth. The vast majority of the collection is being donated to the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum; offered in this auction are duplicates and cuttings taken from specimens being enhanced for display. Proceeds will be donated to the Museum, a land trust created by Stifler & McFadden and other charities supported by the Stifler family.

    FIRST WRITING BY A HUMAN BEING ON THE MOON

    Sunday, July 7th, 2019

     The 50th anniversary of mans first landing on the moon on July 20, 1969 falls this month.  Christie’s is marking the occasion with One Giant Leap, an auction celebrating space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11.   The highlight of the sale, which takes place in New York on July 18, is the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book  used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to navigate the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon.  It includes traces of moon dust and almost 150 handwritten annotations including Lunar Module Eagle’s coordinates on the lunar surface within moments of landing, marking the first writing by a human being on an extraterrestrial body.  This writing is illustrated in the image here.  The book is estimated at $7-9 million.  The sale will include nearly 200 artefacts from NASA missions of the Sixties and Seventies including the Gemini and Apollo programmes.

    BUST EGYPT SAYS WAS STOLEN SELLS FOR £4.7 MILLION

    Thursday, July 4th, 2019

    The controversial Egyptian brown quartzite head of Tutankamen as the God Amen sold at Christie’s London this evening for £4,746,250. The Egyptian government foreign ministry claimed that it was probably stolen from an Egyptian temple during the 1970’s. Christies said they had not received any evidence from the Egyptian authorities about a problem and that they would not auction an object about which there were legitimate concerns. They published a chronology of the owners for the past 50 years.

    Christie’s stated: “This was a rare, beautiful and important work. We recognise that historic objects can raise complex discussions about the past; yet our role today is to work to continue to provide a transparent, legitimate marketplace upholding the highest standards for the transfer of objects. There is an honourable market for ancient art and we believe it is in the public interest that works come out into the open with the opportunity for them to be researched, as well as seen and enjoyed by global audiences.”

    The present lot was acquired from Heinz Herzer, a Munich-based dealer in 1985. Prior to this, Joseph Messina, an Austrian dealer, acquired it in 1973-74 from Prinz Wilhelm von Thurn und Taxis who reputedly had it in his collection by the 1960s.

    The brown quartzite piece is 11 inches high.