Christie's inaugural sale of Spanish Art in Madrid (October 2004) demonstrated a keen interest in Spanish art and confirmed our strong belief in a market worth expanding. Spanish Art is now a recurring sale on Christie's auction calendar. Collectors of Spanish art are discerning buyers drawn to our sales' fair estimates for works fresh to the market.
Our October 2005 and 2006 sales were highly successful, as prices realized soared far above their pre-sale estimates. The 2006 sale achieved a total of over €15 million ($19 million), setting a world record for an auction of Spanish art. Highlights from this sale included Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa's El Casino de Paris, which achieved €2.9 million ($3.7 million), setting a world auction record for the artist.
The 2007 Spanish Art sale achieved over €14 million sustaining our lead in the Spanish Art market. Furthermore the Spanish government purchasing two important lots: the sale's top lot, Dejeuner sur l'herbe II, by Miquel Barceló, and a magnificent work by Antonio Saura, Noa from 1959. This sale further established significant records for Spanish artists, including Francisco Bayeu y Subias, Pablo Palazuelo and Ángel Ferrant. This successful auction was also supported for the first time by online bidding through Christie's LIVE.
This department is currently seeking consignments for its upcoming auction. For a free valuation or more information on consignment opportunities, please contact one of our specialists below.
Managing Director - Christie's Spain, Head of Private Sales
Tel:+34 (0)91 532 6627
Fax:+34 (0)91 523 1240
Bodegón con un jarro de cristal, alcachofa, un cesto de cerezas y albaricoques, un cesto con higos y un plato de plata con manzanas. Todo sobre repisa de piedra en tres alturas
Mujer durmiendo (El Sueño)
El Casino de París
La dernière epâve
Bibliotheque avec poe
Retrato de Feliciana Bayeu, hija del pintor
La femme blonde
Le peintre et son modèle
Gris con dos formas
Déjeuner sur l'herbe II
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Born in San Sebastian (Spain) in 1962. Law degree from University of Complutense, Madrid. Varez completed a two-year MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, specializing in Spanish Old Masters Art between the XVI and XVII centuries. During his second year he specialized in “The portrait of European Courts in the sixteenth century”, taught by Professor Lorne Campdell, who conducted his dissertation “The Court portrait of Elizabeth of Valois”. Juan Varez first joined Christie's in 1991 as an Old Masters specialist. In 1997, Varez moved to Christie’s New York to work at the Old Masters department, also collaborating with the Latin American Art department and becoming, in 1999, head of this department. In February 2000, Varez moved back to Spain after being appointed Managing Director of Christie’s, the position which he still holds today. He has taught Art and Market classes for postgraduate students at the “Instituto de Empresa” and “Instituto IArt”, both in Madrid. In addition to this, he has lectured on the art market several times in institutions such as the “Circulo Ecuestre” of Barcelona.
Dalia Padilla joined Christie's Iberica team in 2004, after six years working in the art world in London and Paris. In Madrid she coordinated the Spanish Sale in 2006 and 2007, helping to achieve historic results in both auctions. Dalia became the Business Manager of the Madrid sale in 2007 and now serves as Director of Spain.
María García Yelo, Director of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department of Christie's Ibérica, was previously the General Deputy Director of Conservation, Investigation and Diffusion at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain), from March 2005 until March 2008. María has curated various exhibitions on Contemporary Art in both public and private institutions, and is also author of numerous articles and essays on history of art, published in specialized media. She has further collaborated, as art critic, with the cultural supplement of the newspaper ABC.
Yolanda Muñoz joined Christies in April 2006 as assistant of the Art Department, collaborating with the experts at the Madrid office. After an intense year working in the Art Department she has progressed to coordinator of of Valuations and is starting as a Junior Specialist in the field of decorative arts and furniture. Yolanda completed her studies in History of Art at the University of Sevilla. She further specialized in Cultural Management and the Market and Taxation of Art, specializing in Contemporary Art at The Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset and The Instituto Superior de Arte de Madrid.