In total, the 20th Century Week sales of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art came to a combined $842,535,375 (£652,219,944 / €761,484,047). This total eclipses the week’s pre-sale estimate of $670 million, and represents a $220 million increase over Christie’s November 2016 New York series. The week achieved the highest total for an Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Christie’s since May 2010, and the strongest sell-through rates for a Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in a decade.

The top lots of the week included Constantin Brancusi’s La muse endormie, which realized $57,367,500 after an extraordinary nine-minute bidding battle for a world auction record in the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, and Cy Twombly’s Leda and the Swan, which sold for $52,887,500 after a contest between five bidders during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale. In addition to Brancusi, world auction records were also set for Rudolf Stingel, Mark Grotjahn, Robert Gober, Man Ray.

With over 800 individual works sold across the week, Christie’s achieved consistently strong results across price levels, from $500 works on paper and ceramics to $50 million masterpieces.  At its high-value Evening Sales, the overwhelming majority of works offered sold within or above estimate, underscoring the firm’s commitment to delivering superior results for both individual sellers and estate collections.


Highlights & features


Special publications

Highlights from our 20th Century auctions: Special Publications

Explore this season's catalogues featuring collections and masterpieces from our Post-War and Contemporary and Impressionist and Modern sales


Sale information

Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    15 May, 7pm

  • Viewing

    6 May, 10am – 5pm
    7 May, 1pm – 5pm
    8 May, 10am – 5pm
    9 May, 10am – 5pm
    10 May, 10am – 5pm
    11 May, 10am – 5pm
    12 May, 10am – 5pm
    13 May, 10am – 5pm
    14 May, 1pm – 5pm
    15 May, 10am – 12pm

  • Contact

    Jessica Fertig
    jfertig@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2050

Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    16 May, 10am

  • Viewing

    6 May, 10am – 5pm
    7 May, 1pm – 5pm
    8 May, 10am – 5pm
    9 May, 10am – 5pm
    10 May, 10am – 5pm
    11 May, 10am – 5pm
    12 May, 10am – 5pm
    13 May, 10am – 5pm
    14 May, 1pm – 5pm
    15 May, 10am – 12pm

  • Contact

    Vanessa Fusco
    vfusco@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2050

Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    16 May, 1:30pm

  • Viewing

    6 May, 10am – 5pm
    7 May, 1pm – 5pm
    8 May, 10am – 5pm
    9 May, 10am – 5pm
    10 May, 10am – 5pm
    11 May, 10am – 5pm
    12 May, 10am – 5pm
    13 May, 10am – 5pm
    14 May, 1pm – 5pm

  • Contact

    Vanessa Fusco
    vfusco@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2050

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    17 May, 6:30pm

  • Viewing

    6 May, 10am – 5pm
    7 May, 1pm – 5pm
    8 May, 10am – 5pm
    9 May, 10am – 5pm
    10 May, 10am – 5pm
    11 May, 10am – 5pm
    12 May, 10am – 5pm
    13 May, 10am – 5pm
    14 May, 1pm – 5pm
    15 May, 10am – 5pm
    16 May, 10am – 5pm
    17 May, 10am – 12pm

  • Contact

    Sara Friedlander
    sfriedlander@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2100

Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    18 May, 10am

  • Viewing

    6 May, 10am – 5pm
    7 May, 1pm – 5pm
    8 May, 10am – 5pm
    9 May, 10am – 5pm
    10 May, 10am – 5pm
    11 May, 10am – 5pm
    12 May, 10am – 5pm
    13 May, 10am – 5pm
    14 May, 1pm – 5pm
    15 May, 10am – 5pm
    16 May, 10am – 5pm
    17 May, 10am – 12pm

  • Contact

    Joanna Szymkowiak
    jszymkowiak@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2100

Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale

  • Auction

    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, New York

    18 May, 1:30pm

  • Viewing

    6 May, 10am – 5pm
    7 May, 1pm – 5pm
    8 May, 10am – 5pm
    9 May, 10am – 5pm
    10 May, 10am – 5pm
    11 May, 10am – 5pm
    12 May, 10am – 5pm
    13 May, 10am – 5pm
    14 May, 1pm – 5pm
    15 May, 10am – 5pm
    16 May, 10am – 5pm
    17 May, 10am – 12pm

  • Contact

    Alex Berggruen
    alexberggruen@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2100