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    Thursday, January 30th, 2020

    Tamara de Lempicka, Alberto Giacometti, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali are among the big names due to come under the hammer at Christies in London on February 5. The Impressionist and Modern evening auction will be followed by The Art of the Surreal, together launching 20th century at Christie’s. de Lempicka’s Portrait de Marjorie Ferry from 1932 and Giacometti’s Trois hommes qui march from 1948, each estimated at £8-12 million, will highlight the first of the sales. There is a similar estimate on Magritte’s A la rencontre du plaisir from 1962. It is one of seven works by the artist in the auction.

    Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)  Trois hommes qui marchent (Grand plateau) . UPDATE: THIS MADE £11.2 MILLION


    Thursday, September 27th, 2018
    Contemporary design, history and the best of Irish antiques will be assembled at the RDS on September 28, 29 nd 30 for the annual Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair. Increasingly driven by fashion and trends the world of art and antiques is in a continuous state of flux.
    This year the three day autumn fair, entitled Timeless, sets out to broaden the scope of its interest to anyone with an interior to evolve or improve.  Timeless features a carefully selected blend of contemporary and antique-focused exhibitors, allowing all ages to focus on the once-off, yet affordable, design that appeals to them.
    Gormley’s Fine Art will show a collection of 14 works by Spanish artist Salvador Dali, ten sculptures and four prints. Works such as Profile of Time, Dalinian Dancer, Triumphant Elephant and Lady Godiva at the Fair will be featured as part of a build up to a sculpture exhibition at Russborough House next year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.
    Mid 20th century furniture is enjoying a fashion moment and Killian McNulty of Mid-Century Online observes how people are  turning away from mass produced furniture to something a bit more exclusive and niche.  Almost inevitably a Danish rosewood drinks cabinet from the late 1960’s is on display complete with chrome footrest and glass shelving.  Niall Mullen will feature an Art Deco drinks trolley from the late 1920’s in walnut and chrome, complete with receptacles for bottles and glasses, ice pail and cocktail shaker.

    An original Boucheron brooch, made for the opening of their new shop in Paris in 1893, will be on display with John Farrington. The black enamel and diamond piece is an early example of the geometric style and is priced at a cool 65,000.

    ‘Lady Godiva with Butterflies’  – Salvador Dali.

    * Danish Rosewood drinks bar, late 1960’s


    Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    Dali's Portrait de Paul Eluard (click on image to enlarge)

    Portrait de Paul Eluard – a masterpiece by Salvador Dali – soared above its pre-sale estimate of £3.5-5 million to sell to an anonymous bidder on the phone for £13,481,250/$21,688,635 at Sotheby’s in London on February 10.

    This is a record for any Surrealist work of art at auction.   This price triples the record established for the artist at Christie’s on the previous evening in London.  It also stands a new record price for any Surrealist work of art sold at auction.

    The single owner sale of Modern and Contemporary Art, Looking Closely: A Private Collection brought a well above estimate total of £93.5 million.  This outstanding result of £93,520,600 / $150,455,941 / €110,307,368 was achieved against an estimate of £39,298,000-54,987,000.

    The top lot of the night was Francis Bacon’s  triptych Three Studies for a Portrait of Lucian Freud.

    The sale, which was 100% sold, set records for Dali, Julio González, Jean Fautrier and Wols. Wols’s Sans Titre (1946-1947) is one of only 40 works to have been created by an artist who  became a leading figure in art in Post-War Europe. It went for  £2,617,250, 17 times its pre-sale high estimate.

    See posts for February 5 and February 10.