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    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Monday, July 1st, 2019

    This carved wine cooler c1772-74 after a design by Robert Adam and attributed to Sefferin Nelson comes up at The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s in London on July 4. It is among seven items from the 7th Earl of Harewoods Will Trust in the auction, being sold by order of the trustees and is estimated at £120,000-180,000.

    O’Conor’s Breton Boy makes more than three times the estimate

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

    Breton Boy in Profile by Roderic O’Conor sold for £419,250 at Christie’s in London. This was more than three times the estimate of £120,000-180,000. The work, signed and dated O’Conor/’93, was from the collection of Drue Heinz which Christie’s has been offering in London and New York this year.

    Roderic O’Conor – Breton Boy in Profile

    The top lot of the sale was The Family of Man by Dame Barbara Hepworth which made £3.8 million. There was a new world record for Dame Elisabeth Frink whose Running Man (Front Runner) sold for £1,091,250.


    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

    An exceptional Hermes matte white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with palladium hardware made £162,500 at Christie’s handbags and accessories auction on June 11. The 2015 model had been estimated at £70,000-90,000. A 2007 Hermes crocodile Birkin 25 made £118,750 and a 1999 Hermes shiny vert celadon alligator Kelly made £63,750. The auction totalled £3.36 million with sell through rates of 97% by value and 93% by lot. There was bidding from 41 countries across six continents.

    The Hermes matte white Birkin 35


    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

    The Maharajahs and Mughal Magnificent sale at Christie’s in New York on June 19 promises to be the most valuable jewellery auction ever – eclipsing that of Elizabeth Taylor which totalled $144 million in December of 2011.The mystic east at its most fabulous is revealed in this unprecedented group of jewels, gemstones, and decorative objects from The Al Thani Collection. It consists of almost 400 lots spanning more than 500 years.The Al Thani family rules Qatar and many of the pieces in the sale have been seen at exhibitions of their collection at The Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Among many highlights are the Patiala Ruby Choker created by Cartier Paris in 1931 which is considered by many to be the finest ruby necklace ever made and a riviere necklace from the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad with nearly 200 carats of fine Golconda diamonds.Works from the Al Thani Collection will be shown at a new museum space due to open in central Paris next year.  The museum will provide for the long term display of select pieces drawn from across the entire collection.


    Significant historical pieces are complemented by an important selection from the 20th century by the houses of Bulgari, Cartier, Janesich, Lacloche, Linzeler, Mauboussin, and Mellerio.  The Patiala Ruby Choker was commissioned by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, one of the Cartier’s most important Indian clients of the 1920’s and ’30’s.  He often travelled to Paris with trunks of diamonds and gemstones from his treasury for Cartier’s workshops.

    The Arcot II, D Colour, Internally flawless, one of two diamonds presented to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, by Muhammad Ali Wallajah, Nawab of Arcot.


    Friday, May 31st, 2019

    Leger and Picasso will highlight Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on June 18. Fernand Léger’s Femme dans un fauteuil (1913) and Picasso’s Homme et femme (1968) offer radical visions of the female form as the artists pushed the boundaries of representation during the 20th century.

    Fernand Léger (1881-1955) Femme dans un fauteuil CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019

    The Landscape of a Mind: A Private Collector’s Surreal Vision, a group of 13 Dada and Surrealist work, will include paintings by Yves Tanguy and René Magritte and a drawing by Salvador Dalí.

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Homme et femme nus CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019 UPDATE: THIS WAS THE TOP LOT AND SOLD FOR £12,464,250.

    Henri Matisse’s Le collier d’ambre (1937) is another highlight. An odalisque painting, it is amongst the most rigorously designed and strikingly orchestrated compositions Matisse painted after the First World War. Henri Laurens’s Homme à la pipe (1919) and Otto Dix’s Soldat mit Tabakspfeife (1918) are both presented to the market for the first time since the early 1960s when they were separately acquired for private collections. The sale consists of 34 works, many of which have been in private collections for many years.