The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale and Art of the Surreal at Christie's in London on February 28 2017, achievied a
combined total of £136,874,598 with lively bidding for Portrait de Lluis
Alemany, a work dating from the very beginning of Picasso's career (£773,000 )
and continued with Berthe Morisot's "Femme en noir or Avant le théâtre",
which achieved £2,045,000 against a pre-sale estimate of £600,000-800,000 and her
"Femme et enfant au balcon" , which more than doubled its high
estimate to realise £4,085,000.
nine further works from the Personal Collection of Barbara Lambrecht, including
paintings by Kees van Dongen, Raoul Dufy, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
and Félix Vallotton, each sold above estimate with the group totalling
£15,945,000, with all proceeds benefitting the Rubens Prize Collection
at the Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen.
top work of the evening was Paul Gauguin's highly sought after "Te Fare"
(La maison), which sold for £20,325,000 while René Magritte's "La corde
sensible" set a new world record at auction for the artist of £14,441,348,
with "Le domaine d'Arnheim" becoming the third highest price for
Magritte at auction with a final bid of £10,245,000 confirming that works by
Surreal artists continue to inspire collectors globally.
bidding was seen for three oil paintings that trace Le Corbusier's artistic
career from the 1920s to the 1940s from the Heidi Weber Museum Collection. With
outstanding sell through rates of 92% by lot and 96% by value there was high
energy felt in the first auctions of 20th Century at Christie's. Registered
bidders from 39 countries across five continents demonstrate continued global
interest from buyers with notable bidding from Asia.
exceptional sell through rates demonstrate that works from prestigious
collections such as the Personal Collection of Barbara Lambrecht and the Heidi
Weber Museum Collection engage collectors internationally. The sales showcased
works from early Impressionism through to the Modernism and Abstraction of Le
Corbusier and interest was strong across the evening with active bidding for
masterpieces by Gauguin and Monet as well as for works by the female
Impressionists Berthe Morisot and Eva Gonzalès, which sold well over their
estimates and the totals achieved of £136,874,598 for the Impressionist &
Modern Art Evening Sale and Art of the Surreal confirm that the global appetite
of buyers continues to be strong", said Jay
Vincze, Head of the Impressionist & Modern art department at Christie's
with works from the Art Institute of Chicago and the family of Max Ernst, the
exceptional provenance of the works was matched by an international passion for
Surreal art. Reflecting the highest quality of works offered, the sell through
rate of 98% by value was the highest ever achieved.
from the Lambrecht collection, Claude Monet's "Les Bords de la Seine au
Petit-Gennevilliers", a landscape painted in the immediate aftermath of
the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, achieved £3,525,000, Eva Gonzalès's
"Portrait de Jeanne Gonzalès" went for £137,000, "Femme au
manchon" by Félix Vallotton more than doubled its high estimate to sell
for £389,000 and Kees van Dongen's "Deux anges" was hammered down at £989,000.
group of three oil paintings by Le Corbusier from the Heidi Weber Museum
Collection were in high demand with competitive bidding on the phone and in the
room, they were led by "Nature morte et figure", painted by the
artist in 1927, who returned to it in 1938 and again in 1944 which sold for £3,301,000
while Paul Delvaux's "Le village des sirènes" sold by the Art Institute
of Chicago fetched £3,077,000.
Tanguy's "La lumière, la solitude", more than doubled its high
estimate of £700,000 to achieve £1,565,000, "La magie noire" by
Magritte went for £1,625,000, "Portrait érotique voilé" by Max Ernst,
sold by the artist's family fetched £2,285,000 and Francis Picabia's "Statices"