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    Monday, April 4th, 2022
    Interior of Anne H. Bass’s New York City Home
    From left to right: Rothko, Untitled (Shades of Red), Monet, Le Parlement, soleil couchant,  Rothko, No. 1
    © 2022 Visko Hatfield 

    The Collection of Anne H. Bass featuring a selection of 12 magnificent artworks by leading 19th and 20th century artists including Degas, Monet, and Rothko will come up at Christie’s in New York during Marquee Week in May. The most important American collection to arrive on the market this season comes to Christie’s directly from the interior of Mrs. Bass’s impeccably designed New York City home. These 12 works form a singularly compelling narrative that speaks to both the power of connoisseurship and the enduring relevance and radicality that characterize the greatest works of art. Presented as a dedicated single-owner evening sale, The Collection of Anne H. Bass is expected to exceed $250 million.

    CLAUDE MONET (1840-1926) – Peupliers au bord de l’Epte, automne ($30-50 million)


    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

    Mark Rothko Untitled (Orange and Yellow)
    1969 (£4-6 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2017

    Masterworks from the collection of Antoni Tapies, one of the most famous Post-War artists of his generation, will come up at Christie’s this autumn. Featuring artists including Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko, these works will star in the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening auction on October 6,  Up Close on October 3 and the forthcoming Impressionist and Modern Art auctions in February 2018.

    The personal collection of Antoni Tapies includes some of the most important figures of the twentieth century avant-garde and offers a unique insight into the powerful bond that existed between the artist and the paintings and sculptures he encountered over the course of his lifetime.  Born in Barcelona in 1923, Antoni Tapies grew up as the violence of the Civil War was being inscribed on the ancient walls of his city. From destruction, he forged one of the greatest bodies of abstract work of the twentieth century. He first came to prominence in the late 1940’s, a scholarship to Paris in 1950-51 led to a meeting with Pablo Picasso. Tapies deliberately chose commonplace materials to infuse with new significance. In 1984, he created the Ta?pies Foundation. Antoni Tapies died in 2012. Here are some examples from his collection:

    Alberto Giacometti
    Homme (Apollon)
    Bronze with golden brown patina
    Conceived in 1929, this bronze version cast circa 1948–56 in an edition of six (£800,000-1.2 million)© Christie’s Images Limited 2017

    Pablo Picasso Le coq saigné (‘The bled cock’)
    1947-8 (£2.2-2.8 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2017


    Monday, April 13th, 2015

    Untitled (Yellow and Blue) by Mark Rothko.

    Untitled (Yellow and Blue) by Mark Rothko.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $46,450,000

    Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Yellow and Blue) is a major highlight at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in New York on May 12. Dating from 1954, the year he created a number of his most celebrated canvasses, the distinguished provenance includes the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. The work is over eight feet tall and is estimated at $40-60 million.  No less than seven of the 20 paintings Rothko created in 1954 are in the permanent collections of prominent museums around the world.

    Vincent van Gogh - L’allée des Alyscamps

    Vincent van Gogh – L’allée des Alyscamps  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $66,330,000

    Meantime a major painting from Van Gogh’s Arles period will highlight Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 5.  L’allée des Alyscamps marks a moment of fantastic creative output for Van Gogh. It was painted in 1888 when Van Gogh was at the height of his powers and working easel-by-easel with his artistic sparring partner Paul Gauguin. Many of his greatest masterpieces, including Sunflowers, Self-Portrait, L’Arlesienne and the Night Café, date from that same year. November 1888 also marks a famous turning point in the artist’s personal life: just one month after this work was completed, violent disagreements with his erstwhile treasured friend Gauguin culminated in the famous slicing off of his ear. Soon after, he admitted himself to the the asylum in Saint-Remy. He died two years later, just as Gauguin was leaving for Tahiti.   L’allée des Alyscamps is estimated in excess of $40 million.

    Sotheby’s New York sales will include six works by Claude Monet, Roy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement), a 1948 depiction of Francoise Gilot by Picasso, Matisse’s Anemones et Grenades and important works by Richter, Polke, Giacometti, Miro, Leger,  Warhol and Pollock.


    Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
    Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 10 includes acclaimed masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and Mark Rothko as well as one of the finest examples from Gerhard Richter’s revered Candle Paintings Series. Christie’s will sell  the major estates on offer this season —the collections of computing pioneer Max Palevsky, actor Dennis Hopper, gallerist and taste-maker Robert Shapazian and philanthropic art collector Nancy Epstein. This auction is estimated to realize upwards of $240 million.
    “This sale contains the high quality, rarity and provenance that creates fireworks at auction,”  Robert Manley of Christie’s New York remarked.
    “Collectors are vying for the best works by the major artists of the last sixty years and Christie’s evening sale is loaded with museum masterpieces.”