RESULTS: Impressionist and Modern Art

Impressionist and Modern Art
South Kensington – Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Sale no: 5485 – Top Three
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]





Lots Sold: 139

Lots Offered: 171

Sold by Lot: 81%

Sold by £: 89%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.539  /  €1.143





Estimate (£)


Purchase Price



Sandor Bortnyik (1893-1976), Figuren, 1924


£105,650 $162,595

European Private         


Henri Hayden (1883-1970), Composition cubiste, 1913


£75,650 $116,425

European Trade


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Tête de faune, 1956


£39,650 $61,021

European Private         


Comment: India Phillips, Specialist said:

“Today’s sale of Impressionist and Modern Art was well received by an exciting mix of bidders with a large number on the telephones as well as a packed saleroom. Once again an increased presence of online buyers, originating from Abu Dhabi to Arizona, took part in the sale, with Christie’s LIVE proving a popular bidding channel for those unable to travel.

We were particularly excited by the very successful sale of our cover lot, Henri Hayden’s Composition cubiste, which attracted vast interest from both private and trade buyers, and sold for £75,650. The Hungarian piece by Sandor Bortnyik, Figuren, was the top lots of the sale, greatly exceeding the high estimate to sell for £105,650, following frenzied bidding from Hungarian buyers.”


Press Contact:

Leonie Ashfield                     020 7752 3121              

Next Sale Dates:

New York: 4 & 5 May 2010

Amsterdam: 19 May 2010

Paris: 14 June 2010

King Street: 23 & 24 June 2010

South Kensington: 20 October 2010




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*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.