Sotheby's Evening Sales of Impressionist &
Modern Art and Surrealist Art held on March 1 2017 at Sotheby's London totalled
£194,753,500, a sum which more than doubled the equivalent sale organized last
year with a sell-through rate of 88.9%.
Gustav Klimt's rare masterpiece Bauerngarten (1907), sold for
£48million, the third highest price for
any work ever sold at auction in Europe* and a record price for a landscape by
the artist. This work had remained in a private collection since 1994 . Another
work by Klimt, "Girl in the Foliage"
doubled its high-estimate at £4million.
René Magritte's "Souvenir de voyage" sold for £3.4million.while his "Repas de noces" gouache,
first seen on the market, fetched £2million. Pablo Picasso's Plant de tomates ( 1944) bought at
Sotheby's New York in 1976 for 198 000 USD, went for £17million and his "Femme nue assise" sold for
VI, 1924 by Theo van Doesburg,
founder and leader of the radical Dutch artistic movement ‘De Stijl', was acquired for for £1.6million by the Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, Netherlands,
Amedeo Modigliani's Portrait of Baranowski sold for
an above high-estimate £16 million,
Paul Gauguin's Te Arii Vahine (La
Femme aux mangos (II) fetched £8.4million and Alfred Sisley's "Effet de neige à Louveciennes" went for a
record price of £ 7,4 million.
First seen on the market, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Vier Akte unter Bäumen sold for £5,4 million, "Orpheus and Eurydice" by Oscar Kokoschka doubled its
estimate soaring to a record price of £ 3,3 million, "Torse", a three-dimensional work by Jean Arp fetched a
record bid of 3,3 million, Auguste Rodin's "Le
Penseur" (petit modèle) went for £ 1,6 million, Francis Pic abia's "Ino" doubled its high
estimate at £ 1,2 million, Paul Delvaux's "Filles
au bord de l'eau" culminated at £ 2,3 million and Joan Miro's "Femme devant le soleil"
fetched £ 620,750 to double its estimate.