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    A HIGHLIGHT AT CHRISTIE’S GLOBAL SALE IN PARIS

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

    Suffused with the blazing light and color of the Mediterranean Plage à Agrigente by Nicolas de Staël will highlight the Parisian section of ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century at Christie’s on July 10. Launching in Hong Kong, the sale will then transition to auctioneers in Paris and London, concluding in New York.

    Plage à Agrigente captures the memory of the landscape around the Ancient Greek city of Agrigento in Southern Sicily, which the artist had visited during the summer of 1953. This exquisite work from one of Nicolas de Staël’s most celebrated and important series was unveiled at Paul Rosenberg’s New York gallery in 1954. The painting has since been featured in some of de Staël’s most important posthumous exhibitions, including major retrospectives at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam in 1965, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1966 and the Tobu Art Museum in Tokyo in 1997. 

    NICOLAS DE STAEL (1914-1955). Plage à Agrigente

    ONLINE ONLY ART RECORD AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020

    L.S. Lowry’s Coming from the Match has achieved the highest price for a work in an online only sale at Christie’s. It made £2,051,250 at a sale devoted to original paintings and drawings by L.S. Lowry entitled People Watching. The small oil on canvas had been estimated at £500,000-800,000. The auction, which has just ended, realised a total of £4.6 million.

    PICASSO AT CHRISTIE’S JULY GLOBAL ART SALE

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

    Pablo Picasso’s Baigneuses, sirènes, femme nue et minotaure (1937) comes up as part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century at Christie’s on July 10. With an estimate of $6,000,000-9,000,000 it will be offered in the New York session. Picasso depicts the projection of an inner self, in the form of the Minotaur, a character lifted directly from ancient mythology. In the late 1920s, Picasso’s interest in Surrealism, especially through his close friendships with Paul Éluard and other poets in the vanguard of the movement, inspired him to take broad licence with classical fables, to practice his own method of creative reconfiguration.

    Pablo Picasso, Baigneuses, sirènes, femme nue et minotaure (1937)

    WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR JEWEL SOLD ONLINE

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

    A 28.86 carat diamond which made $2,115,000 achieved a world record price for a jewel sold online at Christie’s . The jewels online sale which has just ended achieved 31 bids from Asia and America for the D Colour Type IIA emerald cut stone. The sale brought in $4.1 million with 64% of lots selling at or above their high estimate. Bidders from 27 countries joined in.

    Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewelry at Christie’s commented: “The spectacular 28.86 carat D color diamond received immediate attention upon its announcement. The stone possesses a transparency and purity which can only be found in the world’s finest diamonds. The sale of this exceptional stone established the record for a jewel sold in an online-only auction, demonstrating greater client confidence in Christie’s digital ability and online sale platform. We now look forward to the beginning of our live auction season for jewelry spanning all major Christie’s global sale sites led by a US$8m Fancy Intense Blue IF Diamond of 12.11 carats offered in Hong Kong on July 9.”

    Christie’s Jewels sales calendar for July 2020 includes live and online auctions in Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, and Paris. 

    THE DIAMOND RING OF 28.86 CARATS, D COLOR, VVS1 CLARITY, TYPE IIA

    BARNETT NEWMAN TO LEAD CHRISTIE’S GLOBAL SALE

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020

    Barnett Newman’s  Onement V, 1948 will lead ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century at Christies on July 10.  Painted in an ink blue palette, dramatically interrupted by a solitary ‘zip’ of aquamarine, Onement V is estimated at $30-40 million. Created just four years after his breakthrough painting, Onement I (1948), it represents one of only two paintings from this early, landmark series to remain in a private collection. The other four are currently housed in major American museum collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin.

    RE-DISCOVERED SOULAGES ARTWORK FROM 1950

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

    The Paris leg of ONE: A global sale of the 20th century at Christie’s on July 10 will be highlighted by an important rediscovery by Pierre Soulages. Estimated at €2-3 million the painting, executed in 1950, has been in the same private Australian collection since being first acquired in 1953 by the present owner’s father from the Galerie Louis Carré & Cie Paris, when it was included in a major exhibition that toured to Australia. It has been unseen in public since. Soulages celebrated his 100th birthday last December.

    WORKS ON PAPER AND PRINTS ONLINE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, June 15th, 2020

    AN online sale of works on paper and prints at Christe’s until July 1 showcases the breadth of artistic styles of modern masters from the 1890s to the 1990s. More than 100 lots from intimate drawings to suites of artist prints, prices in Modern Edition range from £800 to £150,000 providing price points for collectors of all stages.

    FOUR PINBALL MACHINES BY THIEBAUD AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, June 12th, 2020

    Wayne Thiebaud’s  Four Pinball Machines, 1962 will come up as a central highlight at Christie’s ONE: A global sale of the 20th century, on July 10. With an estimate of $18-25 million it is expected to more than double the artist’s world auction record currently held by Encased Cakes, 2011, which made $8.5 million in November 2019.

    Alex Rotter, Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s, remarked: “It is always a privilege to have the opportunity to present a painting that is categorically recognized as one of the best works that an artist has ever created, but in this case it is particularly exciting given its prominence within the canon of Pop art. This is precisely the case with Thiebaud’s Four Pinball Machines, 1962. In his centennial year, Thiebaud is among the most loved and revered artists of the 20th century, both for his extraordinary artistic talent and vision, but also for the delight that his paintings instill into anyone who stands before them. Four Pinball Machines is a painting that combines all of the qualities that people treasure about Thiebaud’s work: an iconic subject imbued with American nostalgia, the joyful palette and the masterly quality of the expressionistic brushstrokes. This work is the most important example by the artist in private hands

    Wayne Thiebaud – Four Pinball Machines, 1962

    WHITE GLOVE JEAN ART HOMMAGE SALE

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

    Torse by Jean Arp was the the top lot at Christie’s Paris Hommage a Jean Arp, Collection Greta Stroeh online sale which has just finished. It made €394,000 at an auction where 75% of lots sold above estimate anbd 32% of registered buyers were new. The sale total was €1,176,625 in an auction which was 100% sold by lot and by value.

    Torse by Jean Arp

    GLOBAL ART MARKET GATHERS PACE

    Sunday, June 7th, 2020

    Change is gathering pace in the global art market.  The restrictions wrought by pandemic has forced the market to adapt in all sorts of inventive ways. ONE: A global sale of the 20th Century is a new auction event at Christie’s on July 10.  Using streaming technology Christie’s will hold a relay style auction of Impressionist and Modern, Post War and Contemporary art and design across four time zones.  The aim is to create an engaging platform for selling major works of art  to a global audience. With $20-30 million works like Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger Version F, Lichtenstein’s monumental Nude with joyous painting and Ed Ruscha’s Annie all available this amounts to a further blurring of the line between digital and live sales. There will be four consecutive sessions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York. It will replace New York’s 20th Century evening sale originally scheduled for June 22.
    In this brave new topsy turvy world Oliver Barker, an auctioneer at Sotheby’s, will take to the rostrum in London on June 29 to conduct an auction in New York. This digital auction, live streamed in high definition around the world, will allow bidders participate by phone or online, in a sale of Contemporary Art immediately followed by the Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale.  These big ticket sales at Sotheby’s were originally scheduled for New York in May.  Works can be viewed online from June 8 or by appointment at Sotheby’s Manhattan galleries. Francis Bacon’s 1981 “Triptych inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus” is estimated to make at least $60 million.  Bacon’s theme of divine punishment is taken from Aeschylus’s most famous trilogy The Oresteia in which Clytemnestra murders her husband Agamemnon in revenge for the sacrifice of their daugher Iphigenia.  When Orestes finds out he kills his mother to avenge his fathers death, provoking the avenging Furies who drive Orestes insane as a punishment. At times like this the highest levels of the art market tend to be best insulated against price drops largely because sellers at these stratified levels can afford to hold back. There was a 5% drop in the global art market last year, representing a $3.3 billion drop in sales over the stellar year of 2018.  Digital sales by major auction houses so far this year have been highly successful with many lots going over estimate.  Expectations are high.

    Roy Lichtenstein – Nude with joyous painting