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    KOONS’ RABBIT BREAKS RECORD FOR A LIVING ARTIST

    Thursday, May 16th, 2019

    Jeff Koons’ Rabbit sculpture sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s in New York last night, a new world record price for a living artist. The steel cast of an inflatable created in 1986 made more than $20 million over the top estimate.

    Jeff Koons (b1955) – Rabbit

    The Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale brought in $538,971,750. There were 56 lots offered and 51 were sold. Koons’ Rabbit and Robert Rauschenberg’s Buffalo II ($88.8 million) were the two top lots of the auction. Spider by Louise Bourgeois sold for $32,055,000 million, a world auction record and the second highest price at auction for a woman artist.

    There were world auction records for Koons’, Rauschenberg, Bourgeois, Frank Stella, Larry Rivers, Jonas Wood and Daniel Buren. Koons previously held the record for a work by a living artist with Balloon Dog (Orange). Last year the honour went to David Hockney Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) which sold for just over $90 million.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 27, 2019)

    NEW YORK ART SALE SEASON APPROACHES

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

    With the May art sales in New York fast approaching Christie’s and Sotheby’s are gearing up for an important selling season.  On May 13 Christie’s will offer a dedicated selection of 11 works from Princess Titi von Furstenberg, who died in 2006, in its evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art.The collection of more than 30 artworks ranges from Pablo Picasso to Mark Rothko, Andre Derain and Lucio Fontana.  Further lots will be offered in the day sale on May 14, the Post War and Contemporary Art sale on May 16 and in a Paris sale of African Art next October.  Born in Houston in 1919 Titi von Furstenberg’s father was Robert Lee Blaffer, founder of the company now known as Exxon Mobile.  Her maternal grandfather William Thomas Campbell was among the founders of Texas Oil, now known as Texaco. Amadeo Modigliani’s limestone sculpture Tete carved c1911-12 in the same sale is estimated at $30-40 million. This is one of the 26 pieces that defined his sculptural output and one of the last in private hands. Modigliani’s oil portrait of his muse Lunia Czechowska from the collection of Drue Heinz (1915-2018), the English born wife of Jack Heinz of the food empire, is in the sale as is a 1939 work by Balthus, Therese sur une banquette estimated at $12-18 million.  Therese was just 14 when she posed for this piece, one of ten portraits in which she featured reading or doing nothing but dreaming all painted between 1936 and 1939.One of the finest examples of Monet’s series known as Haystacks will come up at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 14.  The series if famous for the way in which the artist repeated the same subject to show the effects of different light and atmosphere at different times of the day, across the seasons and in different weather.  Meules from 1890 is one of only eight from the series of 25 works remaining in private hands. Sotheby’s expected it to sell for more than $55 million.This sale features important works by Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Francis Picabia and Marc Chagall.The Contemporary Art evening auction on May 16 will be highlighted by Mark Rothko’s Untitled 1960 from the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This sale is further distinguished by Francis Bacon’s Study for a Head from 1952 and by the same artist’s Study for a Portrait, 1981, the last of his famous portraits of his love and muse George Dyer.

    Amadeo Modigliani – Lunia Czechowska from the collection of Drue Heinz at Christie’s. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $25,245,000

    Francis Bacon – Study for a Portrait 1981 at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $14.5 MILLION

    MODIGLIANI SCULPTURE AT CHRISTIE’S IN MAY

    Friday, April 19th, 2019

    An example of Modigliani’s defining work as a sculptor comes up at Christie’s in New York in May. The limestone Tete, carved c1911-12, is among the finest examples of the approximately twenty-six carved stones that defined Modigliani’s sculptural output, and one of the last left in private hands. Estimated at $30-40 million it comes up at the New York evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art. It is from a European private collection.

    Amedeo Modigliani,Tête UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $34.3 MILLION

    KOONS, CEZANNE, WARHOL AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

    Art by Cezanne, Warhol and Koons will feature among eleven works from the collection of S.I. Newhouse at Christie’s in New York in May. They will come up at the evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 13 and Post War and Contemporary Art on May 15. Representing Newhouse’s globally renowned taste and unfailing instinct for quality and historical significance, these works together trace key developments in the evolution of modern art, from the exceptional compositional inventiveness of Cézanne’s Bouilloire et fruits, 1888-1890 (estimate in the region of $40 million) to the quintessential image from Andy Warhol’s incomparable Death and Disaster Series, Little Electric Chair, 1964-1965 (estimate: $6-8 million). No work is more emblematic of Newhouse’s intuition for the revolutionary and sublime than Jeff Koons’ 1986 sculpture, Rabbit (estimate: $50-70 million). The group of 11 works is expected to exceed $130 million throughout 20th Century Week.

    Jeff Koons (b1955) – Rabbit UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $91.1 MILLION, A NEW RECORD FOR A WORK BY A LIVING ARTIST

    Tobias Meyer, advisor to the Newhouse Family said:“Si Newhouse was one of the most important collectors of the 20th century and well into the 21st. He personified the rare combination of a great intuitive eye and equally great intellectual curiosity. He read voraciously about the artists he admired, and nothing could stop him once he decided to acquire a work of art that measured up to his exacting standards. Learning from Si was a privilege, and now helping his family is the highest honor of my career. It is a real pleasure to work with these amazing paintings and sculptures.”

    PAUL CÉZANNE (1839-1906) Bouilloire et fruits UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $59 MILLION

    ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) Little Electric Chair UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $8.2 MILLION

    CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FROM TIBOR COLLECTION

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    One of the most significant collections of Chinese export porcelain in the world, the Tibor Collection, will come up in a sales series at Christie’s this year.  It begins with a single owner sale on April 10 in New York and continues with top pieces in The Exceptional Sale in New York, London and Paris.  Comprising more than 500 pieces the collection – which ranges from late Ming blue and white to 18th century armorial and European subject wares – is expected to exceed $6 million.

    A RARE PAIR OF SOUP TUREENS, COVERS AND STANDS
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795) ($100,000-150,000)
    A PAIR OF HISPANIC MARKET VERTE-IMARI JARS AND COVERS
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722) ($80,000-120,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS THE TOP LOT OF THE SINGLE OWNER SALE AND MADE $106,250

    HOCKNEY DOUBLE PORTRAIT SELLS FOR £37.6 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

    David Hockney – Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott.

    David Hockney’s double portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott sold for £37,661.250 at Christie’s in London tonight.  The portrait features Hockney’s close friend Henry Geldzahler, legendary curator, critic and king of the New York art world, and his then boyfriend Christopher Scott.  David Hockney became the world’s most expensive living artist last November when his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures) sold for $90.3 million at Christie’s in New York. The 1969 double portrait of Geldzahler and Scott is one of seven double portraits, including the pool with two figures.  The acrylic on canvas captures Geldzahler at a time when he was organising the most revolutionary exhibition of his career, New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970  at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    There was world auction records for Jordan Casteel  whose Patrick and Omari from 2015 made £299,250; for Jonathan Yeo, whose 2013 painting Claire’s Room (Grayson Perry) made  £125,000; and for Barry Flanagan, whose  Nijinski Hare  was acquired for £1,451,250.

    The Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale totalled £79,282,000 and was 93% sold by lot and 94% by value.

    OUTSTANDING RESULTS AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON TONIGHT

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

    Gustave Caillebotte Chemin montant

    With world records for Paul Signac and Gustav Caillebotte Christie’s  Impressionist and Modern Art the the Art of the Surreal sales achieved  £165,674,500 in London tonight.  This is the second highest total for an Impressionist season in London.  The auctions were 82% sold by lot and 72% sold by value.

    Signac’s Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez) sold for £19,501,250, Caillebotte’s  Chemin montant made £16,663,750.  There were strong results for  Cezanne, Magritte and Renoir.  The top lot of the evening was Cezanne’s Still Life with Peaches and Pears which made £21.2 million. Magritte’s Le Lieu Commune made £18.3 million and Renoir’s Sentier dans le bois sold for £12.6 million.

    Paul Signac Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez)

    Paul Cézanne Nature morte de pêches et poires

    SPRING ART SELLING SEASON TO START IN LONDON NEXT WEEK

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019

    The big art selling season gets underway in London next week with Impressionist and Mondern Art and the Art of the Surreal evening sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s on February 26 and 27 respectively.

    Highlights at Sotheby’s include Monet’s Le Palais Ducal in Venice (£20-30 million) and Egon Schiele’s modernist vision of a Trieste fishing boat (£6-8 million) as well as three visually arresting paintings by Magritte as well as work by Kirchner, Chagall, Picasso, Rodin, Degas, Jean Arp and Man Ray.

    Christie’s will offer Monet’s waterlilies – Saule pleureur et bassin aux nympheas, a Still Life by Cezanne, an early Van Gogh portrait and art by Paul Signac, Gustav Caillebotte, le Corbusier, Degas, Picasso and Alexej  von Jawlensky.  Here is a sample of upcoming highlights:

    Paul Cézanne Nature morte de pêches et poires at Christie’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE £21.2 MILLION

    Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918)
    Triestiner Fischerboot (Trieste Fishing Boat) at Sotheby’s  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £10.7 MILLION

    Gustave Caillebotte Chemin montant at Christie’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE £16.6 MILLION

    Claude Monet – Le Palais Ducal at Sotheby’s  UPDATE: THIS MADE £27.5 MILLION

    HIRST, EMIN, RILEY FROM GEORGE MICHAEL’S YBA COLLECTION

    Sunday, February 17th, 2019
    George Michael’s art collection – which will come under the hammer at Christie’s in London on March 14 – is a snapshot of the YBA (Young British Art) Movement. It comprises work by artists like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin and Marc Quinn.
    Christie’s say the collection represents George Michael’s dedication to cutting edge creativity in every field and reflects his instinctive support of young emerging artistic talent. Proceeds will be used to continue George Michael’s philanthropic work.
    The flagship auction will take place alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from March 8-15. Estimates range from £400 to £1.5 million.
    Key works will include Tracey Emin’s Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul (2002), Damien Hirst’s The Incomplete Truth, 2006, Bridget Riley’s Songbird, 1982 and Michael Craig-Martin’s Commissioned Portrait Untitled (George) 2007.
    The singer and songwriter, who died on Christmas Day in 2016, was one of the most influential and best selling artists of all time.  Through visits to galleries and artists’ studios he developed friendships with many of the YBA artists.  Wham! was the first major western act to perform in China with two historic concerts in 1985.  Christie’s global tour of this collection will include a stop in Shanghai, as well as New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The collection will be on view at King St. in London from March 9-14.
    Jussi Pylkkanen, global president, Christie’s commented: : “The viewing of over 200 works of art from the private collection will provide a fascinating insight into the broader tastes of a man who was deeply admired all over the world”.
    George Michael’s trustees say that philanthropic work was hugely important for George during his lifetime and it was his wish that this would continue after his passing.

    UPDATE:  THE SALE REALISED £9,264,000:  The evening auction welcomed registered bidders from 27 countries across 5 continents, reflecting the global appeal of George Michael and the YBAs. The evening sale comprised 60 lots and was 100% sold, with competitive bidding in the saleroom in London and via simulcast from New York.

    THE COMBINED TOTAL, INCLUDING THE ONLINE AUCTION, REACHED £11,328,125.

    Tracey Emin – Drunk to the bottom of my soul (£180,000-250,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2019.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £275,000

    Michael Craig-Martin – Commissioned Portrait Untitled (George) (wall mounted LCD monitor/computer) (£40,000-60,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2019.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD ONLINE FOR £175,000

    Damien Hirst – The Incomplete Truth (£1-£1.5 million) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2019.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FR £911,250

    Bridget Riley – Songbird (£400,000-600,000). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2019.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £791,250

    NEW WORLD RECORD FOR DURER WOODCUT AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, February 4th, 2019

    Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    There was a new world record for a woodcut from Albrecht Durer’s Apocalypse series at Christie’s in New York.  Durer’s The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse made $612,500 against a high estimate of $350,000.  It was the top lot at Christie’s Old Master Prints sale which realised $4.89 million.

    Other great results were achieved for Saint Jerome reading in an Italian Landscape by Rembrandt ($468,500) and Martin Schongauer’s The Death of the Virgin from The Collections of Herschel V. And Carl W. Jones, Minneapolis which achieved $492,500, setting a new record price for the artist. 

    Further artist records were set for the Master E.S., whose Madonna of Einsiedeln: Large Version, also from the Jones collection, achieved $372,500, and Israhel van Meckenem’s Bust of an Oriental Man, which sold for $81,250. Another record was achieved for a print by Jean-Etienne Liotard, whose Large Self-Portrait sold for $75,000.

     The auction was sold 76% by lot and 93% by value.