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    BANKSY AT CHRISTIE’S 21st CENTURY NEW YORK SALE

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
    BANKSY
    Sunflowers from Petrol Station

    Banksy’s Sunflowers from Petrol Station  from the collection of the British designer Sir Paul Smith will highlight Christie’s 21st Century Art evening sale in New York on November 9. It is estimated at $12,000,000- $18,000,000. It is part of a limited group of Banksy works that belong in the realm of fine art objects as opposed to the street art editions for which he is best known. In this example, the artist presents a painterly and conceptual defacement of the Van Gogh masterpiece, Sunflowers. As well as riffing on the comedy of wilted petrol station flowers – a far cry from Van Gogh’s magnificent blooms – the title implicates the pollution of both nature and culture at the hands of big corporations.

    A SEA TOWN BY YEATS AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

    A Yeats from the collection of Barney Eastwood comes up at Christie’s Modern British and Irish art sale in London on October 20. A Sea Town from 1931 is estimated at £200,000-300,000. It is one of several Irish works in an auction with works by Winston Churchill, Elisabeth Frink, L.S. Lowry, Patrick Caulfield and Samuel John Peploe which is now online for browsing.

    JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
    A Sea Town. © Christie’s Images Limited 2021. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    WARHOL’S PORTRAIT OF BASQUIAT AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, October 4th, 2021
    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Andy Warhol’s seminal  portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat will be a leading highlight at Christie’s 20th Century evening sale in New York in November. It comes to market with an estimate in excess of $20 million. Warhol elevates the young Basquiat to his pantheon of cultural icons which includes Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. The work celebrates the remarkable friendship between the two artists. Thought to be the only example in private hands, this rare and deeply personal work dates from 1982. Warhol’s depiction of Basquiat stands as the only known portrait executed in oxidation form, and one of its sister paintings is housed in the permanent collection of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. This example has been in the collection of Peter Brant for nearly two decades, and has been widely exhibited, most recently at the Whitney Museum’s 2018-2019 Warhol Retrospective, Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again.

    THIS IS THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF MINORITIES

    Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

    The international autumn selling season gets underway in earnest this month. Major auction houses have been issuing previews of what to expect.  Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in London on October 14, to coincide with the Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs, will be headed by what they cheerfully describe as the most famous artwork of the 21st century, Banksy’s Love is in the Bin. Global news and instant art history happened when Girl with a Balloon was shredded just after the hammer came down on a million pound bid in 2018.  It was then authenticated by Banksy and given a new title of Love is in the Bin.  The new owner decided the wise thing to do was bank on Banksy and kept it.  It now comes to market with an estimate of £4 million – £6 million (€4.67 million – €7.01 million).

    Love is in the Bin by Banksy

    This is the dawning of the age of minorities and in what will be an undoubted shot in the arm for black transgender women artists MGM resorts will sell their Picasso’s in Las Vegas on October 23 and build a new collection with a focus of diversity.  The art market of the future will feature artists from a more diverse range of backgrounds, particularly from groups who have been discriminated against. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Because it Hurts the Lungs (1986) will be a highlight at Christie’s live and livestreamed 20th/21st Century evening sale including Thinking Italian in London on October 15.  The title of the work is taken from a cryptic quote by Leonardo:  “Why the thunderbolt kills a (man and) does not wound him, and if the man blew his nose he would not die.  Because it hurts the lungs”. Winston Churchill, whose Tower at Koutoubia Mosque” sold for a record £8.3 million in March, will highlight Christie’s Modern British art evening auction in London on October 20.  The Bridge at Aix en Provence was gifted to the Swiss paint manufacturer Willy Sax, who supplied Churchill with his artistic materials and would become a lifelong friend.  It is now estimated at £1.5-£2.5 million (€1.75-€2.92 million).As part of a global expansion Bonhams has just opened its first dedicated saleroom on the Continent at Rue de la Paix in the heart of the luxury district in Paris. There will be a sale of Antiquities next Thursday (October 7).  This will be followed one week later by a sale of Post War and Contemporary art.

    PAIR OF IRISH CONSOLES AT CHRISTIE’S EXCEPTIONAL SALE

    Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

    According to Christie’s there is an intriguing possibility that this remarkable pair of George II giltwood console tables could be Irish.  A closely related pair was supplied to Marcus Beresford, 1st Earl of Tyrone (1694-1763) for his country seat at Curraghamore, Co. Waterford and Thomas Johnsons influential Collection of Designs published in 1798 featured similar tree form consoles.  These consoles come up at Christie’s Exceptional Sale in New York on October 13 with an estimate of $100,000-$150,000 (€85,3230-€127,985).

    AMAZING FABERGE COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, October 1st, 2021
    GOLD-MOUNTED ENAMEL, NEPHRITE AND ROCK CRYSTAL STUDY
    OF WILD STRAWBERRIES BY FABERGÉ, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1900

    AN iconic, private collection of Fabergé masterpieces from the collection of Harry Woolf takes place live at Christie’s in London on November 29 during the Autumn Russian Art sales season. There are 86 pieces from Mr. Woolf’s extraordinary Fabergé collection personally composed over a period of nearly fifty years from the 1970’s until 2019. They range from jewelled hardstone animals and decorative photograph frames, to pill boxes, scent bottles, silver pieces and jewellery. Harry Woolf is recognised for having collected only the very finest examples and has one of the most exemplary Fabergé collections known to have been curated by any private collector in the last fifty years. The study of wild strawberries pictured here is estimated at £200,000-300,000.

    More than ten rare pieces from this prestigious collection (not included in Christie’s sale) are included in the forthcoming  Fabergé: From Romance to Revolution exhibition at the V&A in London. This opens on November 20.

    A GIACOMETTI FROM THE COLLECTION OF YVES MONTAND

    Thursday, September 30th, 2021
    Alberto Giacometti – Nature Morte (pommes) – € 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 © Christie’s images limited

    This Still Life by Alberto Giacometti comes up at Christie’s Paris Avant Garde sale on October 21. It is one of two lots from the collection of the late Yves Montand in the sale. The other is Vase de tournesols (Les trois soleils) by Georges Braque, estimated at €150,000-250,000. Paris Avant-Garde highlights the great masters of the 20th century who were far ahead of their time. Not relying on a predefined model of beauty, the work of these artists embodies the essence of modernity, still in the making, and breaks with traditional conceptions of art. Among the artists in the evening sale are Pierre Soulages, Marie Vassilieff, Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Alberto Giacometti and Theo van Doesburg.

    Christie’s will mark FIAC week – the international contemporary art fair – with a series of 20th/21st century art sales in Paris and online from October 21-26. This includes an online sale of an unpublished set of 48 works by Balthus from the collection of Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, the artist’s son. 

    NFT’S HERE TO STAY AS CHRISTIE’S SHATTERS $100 MILLION CEILING

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

    Christie’s has shattered the $100 million ceiling in NFT sales worldwide.  Their first NFT auction in Asia, which closed online in Hong Kong on September 28, achieved a total of US $15.6 million. It began less than a year ago and in March 2021 Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5,000 Days sold for $69 million setting the record for the most expensive work sold online and the third highest price for a living artist at auction. An artwork by Seattle based 18 year old trans artist Fewocious – real name Victor Langlois – made $475,000 at an online sale in June. The artist had five lots in the sale, each representing a year in his life as he discovered his gender identity between the ages of 14 and 18.

    FEWOCiOUS (B. 2003) Year 4, Age 17 – His Name Is Victor made US$475,000

    Guillaume Cerutti, Christie’s ceo, said: “Exceeding this $100 million milestone is huge for Christie’s and for all the creators and collectors in the NFT community. This confirms that the NFT market is here to stay. We will continue to invest in the opportunities NFTs offer us to deeply engage with new audiences and artists, an exciting new generation of collectors, and more expansive and inclusive markets.”

    A BASQUIAT TO HIGHLIGHT CHRISTIE’S LIVESTREAMED 20/21ST CENTURY SALE

    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
    Jean-Michel Basquiat, Because it Hurts the Lungs (1986). UPDATE: THIS MADE £8.2 MILLION

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Because it Hurts the Lungs (1986) will be a highlight of Christie’s live and livestreamed 20th / 21st Century: Evening Sale including Thinking Italian in London on October 15. The multimedia work depicts a life-size green figure with a russet, cyclopean skull against a white ground. Basquiat has applied sheets of his own drawings and text, among them a cryptic extract from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci that lends the work its title: “Why the thunderbolt kills a [man and] does not wound him, and if the man blew his nose he would not die. Because it hurts the lungs.” Further collage and pigment adorn two boxes that protrude from the surface, including a drawing of the Lester Young Quartet’s 1944 jazz record Afternoon Of A Basie-ite, Japanese script, snatches of dialogue from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Ajax, and a grinning, eyeless black head wearing a mitre-like crown.  It is estimated at £7,000,000-10,000,000. UPDATE: 20TH / 21ST CENTURY: EVENING SALE INCLUDING THINKING ITALIAN, LONDON REALISES A TOTAL OF £64,561,000 / $88,254,887 / €75,923,736

    LOVELY OBJECTS FROM JASPER CONRAN’S COLLECTION

    Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

    Lovely objects are made to be seen, used and enjoyed according to the English designer Jasper Conran.  Now downsizing to a 17th century house in West Dorset – much smaller than its predecessors – Conran is regretfully parting with an amazing collection of art, antique furniture and objects through two sales at Christie’s this September. An online auction with 223 lots gets underway today and will run to September 21.  There will be a live auction at Christie’s in London with 213 lots on September 14.  These sales offer a window into the magical interiors that Conran created at Flemings Hall, Suffolk: Walpole House, Chiswick; Ven House, Somerset and most recently his six bedroomed apartment at the Palladian mansion that is New Wardour Castle in Wiltshire, one of England’s finest country houses.  The castle played a part as the dance school in the film Billy Elliot. UPDATE: THE LIVE SALE REALISED £5,835,500

    ROBERT PEAKE (LINCOLNSHIRE 1551-1619 LONDON)
    Portrait of Cecilia Neville (b.c.1604). Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £562,500

    Christie’s say the sale of this iconic collection will be a landmark in the history of English taste, and a celebration of the fabulous interiors that Jasper Conran has created over many years. One of Conran’s lifelong passions has been English portraiture and the London sale is led by a portrait of Cecilia Neville by Robert Peake, portrait painter at the Elizabethan and Jacobean court.  It is estimated at £500,000-£800,000. The top furniture lot, with an estimate of £200,000-£300,000, is an elegant pair of George III gilt console tables after a design by Thomas Chippendale.

    Among the highlights are the magnificent Longleat giltwood chandelier, c1720-30, attributed to Benjamin Goodison, the court cabinet-maker of theday: a George II grey-painted pier mirror c1735-40, in the manner of William Kent; a pair of early George III white-painted simulated bamboo window seats by William Vile and John Cobb, signed by Vile’s nephew the cabinet maker  William Strickland, dated 1764 and made for Forde Abbey, Somerset; a George II mahogany serpentine sofa attributed to Paul Saunders, c1755-60; the Rousham wall brackets, a pair of George II mahogany wall brackets designed and supplied by William Kent, c1740 and the late 19th century Medici Vase.

    GEORGE III GRAINED-PINE SEMI-ELLIPTICAL SIDE TABLE
    CIRCA 1780, POSSIBLY IRISH. Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £23,750

    A number of Irish or possibly Irish lots are included in the main sale. Among them are lot 18, a pair of Irish George II side chairs; lot 107, a George II giltwood mirror; lot 143, an Irish white marble and scagliola Bossi chimneypiece; lot 168, a set of six George II dining chairs; lot 179, a c1760 elliptical side table and lot 194, an Irish brass bound and mahogany wine cooler. Jasper Conran, who had long relationships with the writer Bruce Chatwin and the fashion designer John Galliano has, since 2015, been married to the Irish artist and filmmaker Oisin Byrne. Jasper Conran OBE has designed collections of womens wear, for the home, and productions for the stage in ballet, opera and theatre.