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This October, Christie’s presents Giacometti’s colossal Grande femme II alongside Basquiat’s masterpiece, Jim Crow. Drawn from two exceptional French collections, the two works lead our series of auctions dedicated to the great pioneers of modern and contemporary art.

Other sale standouts include paintings by Polke, Fontana and Klein from the Jean-François and Marie-Aline Prat Collection. The Paris Avant-Garde and Art Moderne auctions offer key works by Dubuffet, Delaunay, Leger, Picasso and Miró. 20th Century at Christie’s Paris is an unmissable opportunity for both the emerging and established collectors to acquire art at every price point. Viewings open from 14 October at Christie’s and at The Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.


Highlights

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

    Jim Crow
    acrylic and oilstick on wood.
    205.3 x 244 x 4 cm. (80⅞ x 96⅛ x 1⅝ in.)
    Painted in 1986.
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    Regards Croisés: The Jean-François & Marie-Aline Prat Collection, 20 October 2017

    © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • Sigmar Polke (1941-2010)

    Was machen die Russen in Mexiko
    acrylic and pigment on printed burlap and printed flannel.
    200 x 180 cm. (78. x 70⅞ in.)
    Executed in 1982.
    Estimate
    €3,000,000-4,000,000
    Related sale
    Regards Croisés: The Jean-François & Marie-Aline Prat Collection, 20 October 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017

  • Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)

    Les Versatiles
    Oil on canvas
    130 x 162 cm. (51.1/8 x 63.3/4 in.)
    Estimate
    €3,500,000 – 4,500,000
    Related sale
    Regards Croisés: The Jean-François & Marie-Aline Prat Collection, 20 October 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017

  • Simon Hantai (1922–2008)

    Blanc
    signed with initials and dated lower right; acrylic on canvas.
    245 x 240 cm. (96. x 94. in.)
    Painted in 1974
    Estimate
    €500,000 – 700,000
    Related sale
    Regards Croisés: The Jean-François & Marie-Aline Prat Collection, 20 October 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017

  • Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966)

    Grande femme II, conceived in 1960, cast in 1980-1981
    bronze with dark brown patina
    276.5 cm. (height)
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 19 October, 2017

    © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto Et Annette Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris) 2017

  • Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968)

    Le turban noir
    oil on canvas
    21.5/8 x 18.1/8 in.
    Estimate
    €350,000 – 450,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, 20 October, 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017

  • Gino Severini (1883-1966)

    Danseuse (Motivo futurista)
    watercolour and pencil on paper
    13.1/4 x 10.1/4 in.
    Estimate
    €300,000 – 500,000
    Related Sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 19 October, 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017

  • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

    Femme se coiffant
    bronze with brown patina
    Conceived in 1906; this bronze cast in 1968 in an edition of 10
    Estimate
    €250,000 – 350,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, 20 October, 2017

    ©Succession Picasso 2017

  • Fernand Léger (1881-1955)

    signed with initials and dated 'F.L. 43' (lower right)
    ink and pencil on paper
    7.1/8 x 9.1/8 in.
    Executed in 1943
    Estimate
    €600,000 – 800,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, 20 October, 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017

  • Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, 1887-1965) and Constantine Andreou (1917-2007)

    L’Homme Modulor (conçu pour l’Unité d'Habitation, Berlin)
    Walnut
    Height: 88.1/2 in.
    Length: 26.7/8 in.
    Depth: 2.3/8 in
    Executed circa 1957
    Estimate
    €200,000 – 300,000
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 19 October, 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017

  • Man Ray and Paul Éluard

    Facile
    Poems by Paul Éluard and photographs by Man Ray, 1935.
    243 x 180 mm.
    Estimate
    €500,000 – 700,000
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, 19 October, 2017

    © ADAGP, Paris, 2017


Events & exhibitions

Paris Avant-Garde

  • Exhibition

    14–19 October

  • Auction

    19 October, 7pm

    Christie's Paris
    9 avenue Matignon
    Paris 8e

  • Contact

    Valentine Legris
    vlegris@christies.com
    Tel:+33 (0) 1 40 76 86 25

Art Moderne

  • Exhibition

    14–20 October

  • Auction

    20 October, 3pm

    Christie's Paris
    9 avenue Matignon
    Paris 8e

  • Contact

    Adélaïde Quéau
    aqueau@christies.com
    Tel:+33 01 40 76 84 28

Regards Croisés: The Jean-François & Marie-Aline Prat Collection

  • Exhibition

    14–20 October

    Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild
    11 Rue Berryer Paris 8e

  • Auction

    20 October, 7pm
    21 October, 2:30pm

    Christie's Paris
    9 avenue Matignon
    Paris 8e

  • Contact

    Valentine Legris
    vlegris@christies.com
    Tel:+33 (0) 1 40 76 86 25