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    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

    Pablo Picasso – Plant de tomates. UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR £17,033,750

    Painted days before the liberation of Paris Picasso’s Plant de tomates comes up at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on March 1.  Picasso’s series of five paintings of a tomato plant in bloom in the Paris apartment he shared with his lover Marie-Thérèse are ripe with personal as well as wider political and cultural significance. Symbolic of victory in Europe they were a way of reflecting the spirit of hope and resilience that characterised this time.  Estimated at £10-15 million this is the most complex and visually striking example of the war period series. This museum quality work has been in a private collection for four decades.  It was sold at Sotheby’s in New York in 1976.

    Samuel Valette, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist in Impressionist & Modern Art, commented: “This exceptional work by Pablo Picasso was painted at a moment of particular tension during the war: the liberation of Paris. As such, it is infused with a sense of renewed energy and hope that distinguishes it from other wartime still-lifes, which were imbued with a more sombre and dark mood. It shows that there was light at the end of the tunnel. For Picasso, the very act of continuing to paint as normal was an act of resistance, and following the Liberation, his atelier became a must-see for the allied soldiers who wanted to witness what the master had created in the war years.”


    Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
    Grand vase aux femme nues’ sold for £728,750

    Grand vase aux femme nues’ sold for £728,750

    Lord & Lady Attenborough’s celebrated private collection of Picasso ceramics sold for £3,080,875 at Sotheby’s in London.  The ‘White Glove’, -100% sold –  sale soared over its pre-sale estimate of £1.5 million. All 67 lots were pursued by multiple bidders, each one achieving prices above the high estimate.  The top lot was the large scale  ‘Grand vase aux femme nues’, which sold for £728,750 and established a new auction record for a ceramic of this subject.

    In many ways Lord & Lady Attenborough were pioneers, appreciating Picasso’s creative ingenuity with the medium of fire clay soon after the artist began producing ceramics.  Lord Attenborough’s astute understanding of Picasso’s body of work in ceramics has been widely lauded; he understood that Picasso created these pieces with the same innovative passion as his paintings, sculptures and prints. Actively building a collection that was unique for its time – beginning in 1954 with a souvenir ashtray purchased for £3 – Lord & Lady Attenborough spent the next 50 years acquiring many different examples of the ceramic editions. The well-loved and respected late actor, director and producer recounted how every summer, he and Sheila took their children on holiday to a pension in the South of France. A casual visit to the Madoura pottery in the town of Vallauris – where Picasso began working in 1949 – developed into a annual event when, on or around August 29, they would drive to the studio to choose his birthday present.


    Friday, January 15th, 2016

    The Stolen Mirror a technical tour-de-force by Max Ernst leads Christie’s sale of the Art of the Surreal in London on February 2.   One of the artist’s finest works the dream like landscape painted in 1941 is estimated at £7-10 million.  The auction comprises 42 lots by 16 different artists.  Among them are Pablo Picasso, Wilfredo Lam, René Magritte, Joan Miró and Salvador Dali. Here is a taste:

    MAX ERNST (1891-1976) The Stolen Mirror (£7-10 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    MAX ERNST (1891-1976) The Stolen Mirror (£7-10 million).
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Arlequin signed ‘Picasso 26’ (£1.5-2.5 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Arlequin
    signed ‘Picasso 26’ (£1.5-2.5 million). © Christie’s Images Limited 2015



    Friday, January 8th, 2016

    Picasso in Private at Sotheby’s in London on February 5  offers an opportunity to acquire works on paper, ceramics and terracotta sculpture that remained in the artist’s studio throughout his lifetime.  They will be offered from the collection of his grand daughter Marina Picasso.  Highlights will be on view at Sotheby’s in New York from January 13=17.

    A masterful overview of Picasso’s career in its entirety, spanning every decade of his oeuvre and encompassing each of the artist’s genres, the collection of 187 works includes 70 ceramics and terracotta sculptures and 106 works on paper. With estimates ranging from £4,000 to £180,000, the sale is expected to make a combined total of £6.9–9.8 million.  It will follow Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art evening and day sales on February 3 and 4.

    Pablo Picasso - Nature morte aux fruits (£100,000-150,000).

    Pablo Picasso – Nature morte aux fruits (£100,000-150,000).

    Pablo Picasso - Chevalier picador dans l'arène (£120,000-180,000).

    Pablo Picasso – Chevalier picador dans l’arène (£120,000-180,000).

    Pablo Picasso - self-portrait

    Pablo Picasso – self-portrait

    Pablo Picasso - Femme a la robe entrouverte c1955 (unique) £35,000-45,000.

    Pablo Picasso – Femme a la robe entrouverte c1955 (unique) £35,000-45,000.



    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)  Tête sold for £4,450,500. Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2015.

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Tête sold for £4,450,500. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015.

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) Iris mauves Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015

    Claude Monet’s Iris mauves was the top lot at Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London tonight.  It made £10,834,500 at an auction that brought in £71,461,000. Sell-through rates were 84% by lot and 92% by value. In total, 24 works of art sold for over £1 million and 29 for over $1 million. Bidders from 32 countries across 5 continents competed in the room and on the telephone,

    Jay Vincze, International Director said: “This evening’s sale of Impressionist & Modern Art saw notable demand for highly covetable works by the masters of late 19th and 20th century art, led by Claude Monet’s remarkable ‘Iris mauves’. Once again, this auction attracted global participation from bidders around the world, further evidencing the deep international demand for the category witnessed in our New York Sales in May. This resulted in strong prices across the full breadth of the category, from the birth of Impressionism – illustrated by the rare 1872 work by Alfred Sisley – to the energy of the late 1969 portrait by Pablo Picasso. For the second year, this Evening Sale marks the start of a week of ‘Impressionist & Modern Art’ and ‘Modern British & Irish Art’ auctions at Christie’s London, collectively presenting new and established buyers with opportunities across price levels.”


    Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

    Unique ceramics from the collection of Marina Picasso, the artist’s grand daughter, come up at Sotheby’s in London on June 25.   The 126 lots – comprising hand painted plates, vases and tiles, hand modelled figures and sculptural pieces – are estimated to bring in around £4.5 million.  Here is a small selection:


    Hibou (£30,000-40,000).

    Hibou (£30,000-40,000).

    Abstraction Vase (£150,000-200,000).

    Abstraction Vase (£150,000-200,000).

    Buste d'homme (£100,000-150,000).

    Buste d’homme (£100,000-150,000).

    Vase - Negatif Positif.

    Vase – Negatif Positif (£180,000-250,000)