The Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale in New York — the third evening sale of the week in New York after The Artist’s Muse and Post-war and Contemporary Art, brought the week’s running total to $1.05 billion.
The 62 lots offered in the evening sale realised $145,545,000 (including buyer’s premium), with bidders from 34 countries contributing to figures of 83 per cent sold by lot and 91 sold by value. On the night, 10 lots sold for over $5 million, and 16 realised over $3 million.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), La Carafe (Bouteille et verre), winter 1911-1912. Oil on canvas. Sold for: $10,469,000
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The running total for the week in for Impressionist & Modern Art, including works from other sales, soared to $487.8 million, led by the sale of Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché, 1917-1918, for $170,405,000 in The Artist’s Muse — the second highest price ever paid for a work of art at auction. This figure will rise with day sale, works on paper and companion online-only sales results still to come.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Nu à la serviette blanche. Oil on canvas. Sold for: $9,125,000
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The top lot in the Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale was Pablo Picasso’s La Carafe (Bouteille et verre), painted in the winter of 1911-1912. The oil on canvas sold for $10,469,000 against a low estimate of $6 million. The work dates from the height of Picasso’s Analytical Cubism, the movement with which he and Georges Braque changed the nature and direction of modern art.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Pommes sur un linge, 1885. Oil on canvas. Sold for: $9,125,000
Filling out the top-three lots sold on the night were Paul Cézanne’s Pommes sur un linge, circa 1885, which realised $9,125,000 against a low estimate of $7 miilion, and Henri Matisse’s Nu a la serviette blance, painted circa 1901-1903, which more than doubled its high estimate when it was hammered down for $9,125,000.
Jean Hélion (1904-1987), Abstraction, 1935. Oil on canvas. Sold for: $3,413,000
Among the numerous works which sold for well over their pre-sale estimates was Jean Hélion’s Abstraction from 1935, which realised $3,413,000 against a low estimate of $600,000, a world record price for the artist at auction — the third set in the category this week after high marks for Modigliani and Baltus were achieved in The Artist’s Muse sale on Monday evening.
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