Two great cities. Six unmissable auctions.
22 & 23 October
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On 22 October, Christie's opened its 20th Century London to Paris auction series with a total of £90,279,883 / €99,849,551 across four hybrid-style live auctions, with an average sell through rate of 84% by lot.
The series opened with a highly successful dedicated single-owner collection sale of monumental sculpture, Le jardin secret de Paul Haim, which achieved €20,589,375, selling 100% by lot and 100% by value. Live-streamed simultaneously from Christie’s in Paris and in London, Paris Avant-garde achieved €18,937,000, and Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale totalled £49,220,500. The evening concluded with the Thinking Italian Art and Design Evening Sale, achieving £5,321,250.
Over 190,000 viewers tuned into the sales through Facebook, You Tube, Christies.com and Christie’s Live.
The top lot of the evening was Peter Doig’s Boiler House,1993, which achieved £13,895,500 in the London Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale.
20th Century: London to Paris Evening Sales
Live Stream | 22 October | 5:30pm BST | 6:30pm CEST
Join us at 5:30pm BST / 6:30pm CEST on Thursday, 22 October to experience the thrill of our new hybrid-style live auction and discover remarkable works from our Paris Avant-garde, Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale and Thinking Italian Art and Design as part of our landmark sale series, 20th Century: London to Paris.
Our auctioneers will be taking bids in Christie’s London and Paris salerooms in consecutive sessions – uniting these two great centres of art during what is traditionally one of the biggest weeks in the art world calendar.
Visit the christies.com homepage or check back here on Thursday, 22 October to watch the Evening Sales live stream event.
About the lot
Property from a European Private Collection
Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
Thinking Italian Art and Design
First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art Online
360 view | Post-War and Contemporary Art in London
Explore important and exciting works of post-war and contemporary art such as David Hockney’s luminous Portrait of Sir David Webster and Peter Doig’s masterwork Boiler House, from the artist’s seminal Concrete Cabins series. Featured highlights also include works by exceptional artists such as Lucio Fontana, Carlo Mollino, Pino Pascali and more – to be offered 22 and 23 October.
From our walls to yours in Augmented Reality
For your enhanced viewing this season, we invite you to explore artworks from our 20th Century London to Paris auctions in augmented reality. From the palm of your hand, you can envision works by Hockney, Doig, Bacon, and more in the context of your own home. The cutting-edge technology provides an immersive visual experience and a hyper-real view of every brushstroke and intimate detail of masterpieces offered in our sale.
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Peter Doig’s Boiler House makes top price; world records are set for Marina Abramović, Daniel Richter and Steven Shearer; 20th Century: London to Paris tops £90 million
Auctioneers Cécile Verdier and Jussi Pylkkänen introduce a dynamic cross-channel live conversation between London and Paris for 20th Century week
Hockney’s portrait of the Royal Opera House general administrator was inspired by his love of opera — and led, in turn, to his many designs for opera productions
Doig’s 1993 painting, offered in London on 22 October, stands apart in his seminal ‘Concrete Cabins’ series
A radical work by France’s greatest living painter, produced at a key moment in his career
The ‘godmother of performance art’ talks to Christie’s about her groundbreaking new work, ahead of its landmark sale at Christie’s in October
Angela M.H. Schuster examines the work of the multifaceted founder of Spatialism and the man who created the endless void
A collection of monumental sculpture created for a magical Basque garden will be offered at Christie’s Paris in October
Post-War and Contemporary art specialist Victoria Gramm selects five rising stars with works offered in upcoming Christie’s auctions
The appearance at auction of a unique dining table and chairs created in 1946 by the legendary Italian offers ‘a once-in-a-generation opportunity’
A maquette for a new public sculpture by STIK is being offered on 23 October, with the proceeds going to fund a series of outdoor artworks
The colourful life and times of the Italian conceptualist, featuring standout works from his Arte Povera days, as well as his ‘Mappe’ and ‘Tutto’ series
The Italian Pop art pioneer who counted Cy Twombly, Jean-Luc Godard and members of the Rolling Stones among his friends
An affectionate portrait by a rising star of 1:54 heads up a gallery of works by artists who have been inspired by their loved ones
Peter Doig's, Boiler House, 1993
Carlo Mollino's The Ada and Cesare Minola Dining Suite, 1946
A guide to bidding online or by telephone with Christie’s
All of Christie’s auctions are fully accessible for online browsing and bidding, meaning you can easily place a bid from the comfort of your home through Christie’s LIVE™, or alternatively by telephone. In 2019, over half of all bids placed were online, and for live auctions, telephone bids made up 41 per cent of winning bids versus 18 per cent within the saleroom — so you’re in good company.
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