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    Thursday, November 10th, 2022
    PAUL CEZANNE (1839-1906) – La montagne Sainte-Victoire Painted in 1888-1899 sold for $137,790,000

    The most valuable private-collection sale of all time broke the world-record for a sale just halfway through the bidding at Christie’s in New York last night. The first part of the collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen – just 60 lots – made $1,506,386,000. One highlight after another saw five paintings – the most ever in one sale – bringing more than $100 million each, with each one setting a world record.

    Three of the lots were among the top lots sold of all time. Georges Seurat’s groundbreaking statement on pointillism, Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version) led the evening at $149,240,000. Paul Cezanne’s monumental landscape, La Montagne Sainte-Victoire brought $137,790,000. Vincent van Gogh’s Verger avec cyprès, which captures the artist’s early encounter with the South of France, achieved $117,180,000. Paul Gauguin’s  Maternité II from 1899, one of his most important years, made $105,730,000.  Gustav Klimt’s evocative depiction of a Birch Forest, made $104,585,000. The number and size of the record prices set was unprecedented. 60 masterpieces were sold and 20 artists records were set.

    The auction broke the world-record for a sale just halfway through the bidding when the auctioneer, Jussi Pylkkänen, knocked down Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture, Femme de Venise III, for $25,007,500. The auction was 100% sold, and 122% sold against low estimate. All of the estate’s proceeds from this historic sale will be dedicated to philanthropy, pursuant to Mr. Allen’s wishes. The second part of the sale takes place later today.

    (See posts on for November 2 and August 26, 2022)


    1. Seurat, Les Poseuses Ensemble (Petite version) – $149,240,000
    2. Cézanne, La montagne Sainte-Victoire – $137,790,000
    3. Van Gogh, Verger avec cypres – $117,180,000
    4. Gauguin, Maternite II – $105,730,000
    5. Klimt, Birch Forest – $104,585,000
    6. Freud, Large Interior, W11 (After Watteau) – $86,265,000
    7. Johns, Small False Start – $55,350,000
    8. Signac, Concarneau, calm de matin – $39,320,000
    9. Ernst, Le roi jouant avec la reine – $24,435,000
    10. Wyeth, Day Dream – $23,290,000
    11. Rivera, The Rivals – $14,130,000
    12. Francis, Composition in Blue and Black – $13,557,500
    13. Steichen, The Flatiron – $11,840,000
    14. Cross, Rio San Trovaso, Venise – $9,550,000
    15. Brueghel, The Five Senses – $8,634,000
    16. Hepworth, Elegy III – $8,634,000
    17. Benton, Nashaquitsa – $5,580,000
    18. Sidaner, La Serenade Venise – $2,100,000
    19. Singer Sargent, The Façade of La Salute, Venice – $3,660,000 – for work on paper
    20. Klee, Bunte Landschaft – $4,860,000 – for work on paper
    LUCIAN FREUD (1922-2011) – Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau) made a record $86,265,000


    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
    PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903) – Maternité II (estimate in excess of $90 million). UPDATE: THIS MADE A RECORD  $105,730,000

    Highlights from the collection of Microsoft founder Paul G Allen will be part of an unprecedented $1 billion sale at two auctions at Christie’s in New York next week. The auctions on November 9 and 10 will include examples, often among the finest in private hands, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, J.M.W. Turner, Edouard Manet, Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and many others in more than 150 masterworks. All of the estate’s proceeds from this historic sale will be dedicated to philanthropy, pursuant to Mr. Allen’s wishes.

    Max Carter, Vice Chairman, 20th and 21st Century Art, Americas, remarked: “The Paul G. Allen Collection, like Cézanne’s breathtaking view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, is the summit of the mountain. From Brueghel’s Five Senses and the Venetian imaginings of Turner and Manet, to late 19th-century masterpieces by Van Gogh, Gauguin and Monet, Klimt’s Birch Forest and Freud’s Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau), arguably the greatest set piece of the last fifty years, the Collection is bounded only by vision and quality. And then there is Seurat’s Les Poseuses. Formerly in the collections of Alphonse Kann, John Quinn and Henry McIlhenny and featured in the 1913 Armory Show, when it appeared at auction for the one and only time in 1970, the art historian John Russell suggested that it was one of the three or four most beautiful works of art to be sold since the war. It remains so today.”

    (See post on for August 26, 2022)

    GEORGES SEURAT (1859-1891) – Les Poseuses, Ensemble (Petite version) (Estimate in excess of $100 million). UPDATE: THIS MADE A RECORD $149,240,000


    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
    Georges Seurat – Paysage et personnages  (La jupe rose), 1884 ($7-10 million)

    Two exceedingly rare studies for Georges Seurat’s masterpiece Un Dimanche d’été à l’Ile de La Grande Jatte will highlight Christie’s 20th Century livestreamed evening sale in New York on May 11. The two oil panels, being sold from the family of Boston collector Robert Treat Paine II, are among the few examples of Seurat’s extensive preparatory practice for this masterpiece to remain in private hands. More than half of the oil studies for La Grande Jatte are in the collections of prestigious museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, London. Seurats Bathers at Asnières, 1884 has long been one of the most popular paintings in London’s National Gallery.

    Both Seurat panels remained in the artist’s possession until his untimely death in 1890, at which point, Paysage et personnages (La jupe rose) was acquired shortly thereafter by a fellow artist, the Belgian painter Jean de Greef. The painting would pass through the collection of the Symbolist poet and art dealer Charles Vignier during the early twentieth century, before crossing the Atlantic in the mid-1920s. Similarly, Le Saint-Cyrien was gifted by the artist’s mother to the painter Henri-Edmond Cross, a close friend of Seurat. It subsequently passed to Félix Fénéon, the influential French art critic who coined the term Neo-Impressionism, before also making its way to the Americas, where it was reunited with Paysage et personnages (La jupe rose) in 1929.

    Un Dimanche d’été à l’Ile de La Grande Jatte is in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Georges Seurat – Le Sainte Cyrien. $3-5 million