Looking Forward to the Past

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PAST AUCTION
ACHIEVES US$705,858,000

$179,365,000 FOR PICASSO’S ‘LES FEMMES D’ALGER, VERSION O’
NEW RECORD FOR MOST VALUABLE WORK OF ART EVER SOLD AT AUCTION

$141,285,000 FOR GIACOMETTI’S ‘POINTING MAN’
NEW RECORD FOR MOST VALUABLE WORK OF SCULPTURE EVER SOLD AT AUCTION




New York – On 11 May 2015, Christie’s innovative Evening Sale Looking Forward to the Past, achieved $705,858,000 (£458,051,914/ €630,737,486) with sell-through rates of 97% by lot and 99% by value. New world auction records were set for 10 works of art during the sale, including Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger, Version O from 1955, which sold for $179,365,000 (£116,395,198/€160,276,188), and became the most valuable work of art ever sold at auction. Later in the sale, Giacometti’s L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man) conceived in 1947 achieved $141,285,000 (£91,683,971/ €126,248,829), setting a new record for any sculpture sold at auction. Of the 35 works offered, 2 lots sold for over $100 million, 3 for over $50 million, 9 lots for over $20 million, 12 lots for over $10 million, 12 lots over for over $10 million, and 29 lots over $1 million.

All of the works offered in Looking Forward to the Past were selected for their connection to a central theme of artistic innovation inspired by the past. The exhibition generated a tremendous response from both clients and the public. 15,000 visitors have viewed the pre-sale exhibition at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries over the last 10 days, and this evening’s sale saw participation from a diverse group of clients representing 35 different countries.

Videos

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  • In The Saleroom: Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O')

    Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') realized $179,365,000 achieving a world auction record for any work of art during the Looking Forward to the Past Evening Sale in New York on 11 May 2015.


  • In The Saleroom: Alberto Giacometti’s L'homme au doigt

    Alberto Giacometti’s L'homme au doigt realized $141,285,000 achieving a world auction record the artist and for any sculpture during the Looking Forward to the Past Evening Sale in New York on 11 May 2015.


  • In The Saleroom: Jean Dubuffet’s Paris Polka

    Jean Dubuffet’s Paris Polka realized $24,805,000 achieving a world auction record for the artist during the Looking Forward to the Past Evening Sale in New York on 11 May 2015.


  • Alberto Giacometti’s L’homme au doigt

    The story behind Alberto Giacometti’s iconic L’homme au doigt, offered for sale in New York on 11 May.


  • Picasso’s 1950’s masterpiece

    One of the undoubted peaks of Picasso’s oeuvre, Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”), offered in the Looking Forward to the Past Evening Sale on 11 May.


  • Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”), November 1997

    Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) was previously sold at Christie’s in 1997 as part of the legendary sale of The Collection of Victor and Sally Ganz. View archival footage of this historic moment before the painting returns to the auction block in Christie’s Looking Forward to the Past sale on May 11.


  • Mark Rothko’s No. 36 (Black Stripe)

    Painted in 1958 when Mark Rothko was showing at the Venice Biennale, this work illustrates a turning point, as Rothko charts a new path with a sense of unerring confidence and visual force.


  • 360 View: Alexander Calder’s The New Ritou

    A 360-degree view of Alexander Calder’s hanging mobile, The New Ritou, created in 1948, to be offered in the upcoming Looking Forward to the Past Sale in New York on 11 May 2015.


In Their Own Words: Artists on Their Art

Presented alongside seven extraordinary works from the upcoming auction Looking Forward to the Past, these artist quotations give insight into the lives of some of the greatest masters of the last century and a half.

Sale Information

Looking Forward to the Past

New York, Rockefeller Plaza
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

AUCTION TIMES May 11 7:00pm Lots 1 A - 35 A

VIEWING TIMES May 2 10am - 5pm
May 3 10am - 5pm
May 4 10am - 5pm
May 5 10am - 5pm
May 6 10am - 5pm
May 7 10am - 5pm
May 8 10am - 5pm
May 9 10am - 6pm
May 10 1pm - 5pm
May 11 10am - 12pm

History is Now

With an unprecedented lineup of auctions this May featuring works from Impressionism to the present day, this schedule of sales will present a unique opportunity for collectors to explore an extraordinary continuum of art over the last 150 years.

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