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    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
    Klimt's portrait of Gertrud Loew sold for £39.1 million.

    Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew sold for £39.1 million.

    Petite danseuse by Edgar Degas sold for a record of £15.8 million.

    Petite danseuse by Edgar Degas sold for a record of £15.8 million.

    No less than seven works sold for more than £10 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale in London this evening. Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Gertrud Loew made £39.1 million;  Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematism, 18th construction sold for £21.4 million; Manet’s Le Bar aux Folies Bergere made £16.9 million and there was a record for a sculpture by Edgar Degas when Petite Danseuse a quatorze ans sold for £15.8 million.

    The sale realized £178.6 million.  This is the second highest total for any sale ever held in London.  Melanie Clore, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe & Co-Chairman Worldwide, Impressionist & Modern Art, said: “Tonight’s result is testament to the truly outstanding quality of the works on offer.  To follow our highest totals for Impressionist and Modern art sales in New York, with another sensational sale in London, emphasises the strength of what is undoubtedly a truly global market. Our worldwide network of specialists are working with a broader collector base than ever before, so whether it’s New York, London, or any of our worldwide selling locations, we are seeing incredibly strong results across the board.”

    (See posts on for June 10, June 4, June 2, May 22 and May 13, 2015)


    Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
    Degas' Petite danseuse de quatorze ans

    Degas’ Petite danseuse de quatorze ans  UPDATE: IT MADE £15.8 MILLION

    Edgar Degas’ Petite danseuse de quatorze ans, comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on June 24.  One of only a handful of bronze casts remaining in private hands it is estimated at £10-15 million. Most are housed in major museum collections, including Tate, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Museé d’Orsay, Paris.

    Helena Newman, Sotheby’s Co-Head of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide said:Petite danseuse de quatorze ans is Edgar Degas’ most important and iconic sculpture.  The artist’s ambitious and highly innovative work marks the pinnacle of his achievements as a sculptor, and its forthcoming sale represents a rare opportunity to acquire an icon of Impressionist art.

    The art historian Richard Kendall, co-curator of the Royal Academy’s exhibition Degas and the Ballet wrote: “Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is among the three or four most celebrated sculptures of the modern age.  Along with Rodin’s The Kiss and the same artist’s The Thinker, and perhaps Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, Degas’s statuette of a slender young ballet dancer has become recognisable to millions and admired throughout the world.”