On 6 March 2017 in Paris, Christie's The
Giacomettis of Hubert de Givenchy auction achieved a total of €32,748,500 with
100% of the lots sold above their pre-sale estimate.
The top price of the evening was Diego
Giacometti's octogonal table aux
caryatides et atlantes, executed circa 1980 which realised €4,162,500
(estimate: €600,000-800,000) establishing a new auction record for the artist.
Active international biddings
demonstrated the continued demand for exceptional pieces with prestigious
provenance. Hubert de Givenchy's long collaboration and friendship with Diego
Giacometti started in the 1960's when Givenchy met him for the first time
thanks to Gustav Zumsteg, the director of the fabric company Abraham. The
latter offered Givenchy his first piece by Diego Giacometti, a gueridon, sold
for €674,500 (estimate: €150,000-200,000). During decades, he commissioned
numerous pieces of furniture and decorative art works such as a pair of Trees of life sold €2,706,500 (estimate:
François de Ricqlès, President of
Christie's France said he was very proud
of these extraordinary results. Thanks to Hubert de Givenchy's elegance and
perfect taste, this sale was a beautiful tribute to Diego Giacometti whose new
auction record established during the sale confirmed his position as one of the
most talented artists of the 20th century.
High energy was present in the
Christie's Paris saleroom from the very beginning of the evening, opening with
the poetic Tourterelle, which far
exceeded its pre-sale estimate (€20.000-30.000) and realised €194,500
(estimate: €20,000-30,000). The enthusiasm continued throughout the sale with
further standout results for the first piece Hubert de Givenchy ever
commissioned to Diego Giacometti : the Grande
console aux cerfs, which sold for €2,650,500 (estimate: €400,000-600,000).
Noteworthy prices were also realized
for the white plaster lantern selling for €2,258,500 and for the paire de photophores au cerf which realised
€818,500 while Alberto Giacometti's gilt bronze Coupe was sold for €1,322,500
after a long lasting battle between three bidders sitting in the room.