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    Thursday, April 7th, 2022
    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)The Thinker, conceived in 1880,
    cast made by Fonderie Alexis Rudier circa 1928 (€9,000,000-14,000,000)
    © Christie’s images limited, Nina Slavcheva. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 10,739,500

    Rodin’s most iconic sculpture The Thinker will highlight a sale at Christie’s in Paris on June 30. With an estimate of €9-14 million will highlight an auction entitled Le Grand Style : An apartment on the Quai d’Orsay designed by Alberto Pinto. The powerful presence of Rodin’s emblematic masterpiece was a central feature in a breath-taking apartment overlooking the river Seine on the Quai d’Orsay.

    The Thinker, was first conceived around 1880 as part of the famous and monumental Gates of Hell inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. It was only in 1904, when it is exhibited for the first time at the Salon de Paris, that it became a work on its own. It was immediately met with extraordinary enthusiasm and when a public appeal for funds was launched, donations poured in with the sculpture becoming the property of the City of Paris and the colossal bronze taking pride of place in front of the Pantheon in 1906.

    The work will go on a world tour of exhibitions from New York to Hong Kong and London before arriving back in Paris for one week of viewing from June 23 prior to the auction on June 30.


    Saturday, September 9th, 2017

    Objects and artworks from the personal collection of Claude Monet will come up at Christie’s in Hong Kong on November 26.  Early works by Monet that trace his artistic development range from sketches to pastels and some of the first examples of the artist working in series. These are presented alongside pieces from his own collection by artists and friends including Édouard Manet, Eugène Boudin, Auguste Rodin, Paul Signac and others. Through Japanese prints, personal items and photographs of the artist the sale offers a glimpse into the private world of Claude Monet.

    In addition to being the first sale dedicated to Impressionism in Asia the auction will be transmitted to Christie’s Parisian auction room to enable European based clients to attend and participate. Titled Dear Monsieur Monet, the collection, preserved by Rolande Verneiges, an unrecognised yet protected daughter of Claude Monet’s son Michel, presents an intimate and family driven insight into one of art history’s most beloved artists. Hidden from the rest of the world, these works have only been seen in catalogue reproductions.

    CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) Falaises des Petites-Dalles ($2-3 million)

    AUGUSTE RODIN (1840-1917)
    Salomé ($50,000-80,000)

    Two women, from the series Six Jewel Rivers ($3,000-5,000)

    CIRCA 1880, MAKER’S MARK ILLEGIBLE ($300-500)


    Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

    Maurice de Vlaminck - Sous-boix

    Maurice de Vlaminck – Sous-bois sold for $16,378,000

    There was a new world record for Rodin at Sotheby’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in New York on May 9.  L’Eternel printemps – a white marble rendering of a passionate couple – sold for $20.4 million.  There was spirited bidding for other masterpieces in a sale which brought in $144.5 million.

    Auguste Rodin - L’Éternel Printemps

    Auguste Rodin – L’Éternel Printemps

    Sous-Bois by Maurice de Vlaminck sold for $16,378,000, Paul Signac’s Maisons du Port made $10,666,000, Claude Monet’s Maree Basses aux petites Dalles sold for $9,822,000 and Camille a l’Ombre by the same artist sold for $9,434,000.

    (See post on for April 21, 2016)


    Thursday, April 21st, 2016

    Auguste Rodin - L’Éternel Printemps

    Auguste Rodin – L’Éternel Printemps  UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $20.4 MILLION, A NEW RECORD

    A rare marble of one of Rodin’s most celebrated forms comes up at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 9.  L’Éternel Printemps ranks among his most skillful renderings of embracing lovers. Conceived in 1884 and carved in 1901-02 from a single block of marble it is estimated at  $8-12 million. This sculpture is believed to be the fifth of ten known uniquely finished carvings of the subject in marble, and this is the first time it has come to auction. It was singled out in Frederick Lawton’s 1906 biography on the artist as the most magnificent of the series.  A Rodin marble of this subject has not appeared on the market in over two decades. 

    This marble was commissioned by the German diplomat Hellmuth Baron Lucius von Stoedten (1869-1934). Baron von Stoedten, who lived between Berlin and Paris, was a close friend of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who played a seminal role between artist and patron in the commission of this marble. Rilke was famously inspired by Rodin’s sculptures and wrote a series of poems in their tribute. The friendship between these three great minds of the late nineteenth century tells an intriguing story behind this carving of L’Éternel Printemps Other marbles from this series belong in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest (1901); the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (1906); The Museum of Decorative Arts, Buenos Aires (1907); the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1906-07) and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen (1907-1910).


    Thursday, February 4th, 2016

    Auguste Rodin - Iris

    Auguste Rodin – Iris

    Impressionist, Modern and Surreal art brought in a total of £93.7 million at Sotheby’s in London last night.  The top lot was Pablo Picasso’s Tete de Femme which sold for£18.9 million.  It was a portrait of his muse Marie Therese Walter painted in 1935. A lifetime cast of Auguste Rodin’s Iris – once in the collection of Sylvester Stallone – sold for £11.6 million.  The Surrealist section was led by Le Miroir by Paul Delvaux which sold for £7.3 million, a new auction record for the artist.  Henri Matisse’s La Lecon de Piano sold for £10.8 million and  Claude Monet’s Le Palais Ducal vu de Saint Georges Majeur  sold for £11.6 million.

    La Lecon de Piano by Henri Matisse

    La Lecon de Piano by Henri Matisse

    There were participants from 35 countries, which was on a par with last year.  Helena Newman, Global Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department, said: “Tonight we saw continued market activity across all price levels, with depth of bidding from a broad international spectrum. Five lots selling for more than £7/$10 million and there was particular strength for sculpture and Surrealism – with record prices achieved for both Rodin and Delvaux.”

    Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art continue today.