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  • 18 June 2019

RESULTS | Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale Achieves £36,413,750 / $45,626,429 / €40,564,918

Sold by Lot: 77%

Global participation with bidders from 25 countries across 5 continents

Pablo Picasso, Homme et femme nus, leads the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, realising £12,464,250

DIVERSITY OF ARTISTS FROM THE 20TH CENTURY
Yves Tanguy, L’Extinction des espèces II, £3,131,250*
Paul Signac, Venise. Le Rédempteur, £2,291,250
Pablo Picasso, Le Peintre, £2,111,250
Pablo Picasso, Femme et Minotaure, £1,931,250
Henri Laurens, Homme à la pipe, £1,691,250
Egon Schiele, Liegender Mädchenakt, £1,271,250
Marc Chagall, Fleurs au-dessus des fiancés bleus or Les amoureux bleus, £1,211,250
*Works from The Landscape of a Mind: A Private Collector’s Surreal Vision

Keith Gill, Head of Evening Sale: “Following Monday night’s strong launch to ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ with the Modern British Art Evening Sale, tonight’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale achieved £36,413,750, selling 77% by lot. Pablo Picasso’s Homme et femme nus led the evening, which realised £12,464,250. Well priced works drew lively bidding in the room, while The Landscape of a Mind: A Private Collector’s Surreal Vision reinforced the appeal of works fresh to market. Great results were achieved for works on paper, including Liegender Mädchenakt by Egon Schiele (£1,271,250), over six times its estimate, and Hannah Höch’s Er und sein Milieu (£635,250). Henri Lauren’s Homme à la pipe saw international competition, achieving £1,691,250, and there was continued interest in the Surrealist market, including Yves Tanguy’s L’Extinction des espèces II, which realised £3,131,250. Tonight’s sale saw registered bidders from 25 countries across 5 continents following international touring of our highlights in Hong Kong and New York.”

For further commentary on the sale please view the post-sale Press Conference here.

View our online report here.

Sales continue on 19 June 2019, with the Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper and the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale.

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Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

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Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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