Two great cities. Six unmissable auctions.

30 June – 7 July


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20th/21st Century: London to Paris totals £180,747,721 / €209,849,585 / US$250,230,309: Christie's best summer sale series since 2017.

Uniting collectors across our London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong salerooms, the livestreamed evening sales achieve an average sell through rate of 90% by lot and 96% by value, attracting bidders from 32 countries and five continents.

Pablo Picasso’s L'Étreinte leads in London, selling for £14,697,000, followed by Alberto Giacometti’s Homme qui chavire at £13,703,000, while Bridget Riley’s Zing 2 achieves the second highest price for the artist at auction.

In Paris, René Magritte’s La Vengeance makes its auction debut as part of Collection Francis Gross, sparking a bidding battle before hammering down at €14,552,500, above high estimate.

Three works by Pierre Soulages soar above their pre-sale high estimates, reaffirming his position as the most expensive French living artist.

The day sales realise a combined sell-through rate of 85% by lot and 91% by value.



Auction highlights

  • Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966)

    Homme qui chavire, 1950
    Estimate
    £12,000,000–18,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, London, 30 June

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION

  • Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985)

    Blanchissage, Pharmacie (site urbain avec six personnages), 1962
    signed with the initials and dated 'J.D. 62' (lower center)
    gouache on paper
    19 ⅝ x 26 ⅜ in.
    Estimate
    €1,200,000-1,800,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir, Paris, 30 June

  • René Magritte (1898–1967)

    La Vengeance, 1936
    signed 'Magritte' (lower left); inscribed '"LA VENGEANCE"' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    21 ½ x 25 ¾ in.
    Estimate
    €6,000,000-10,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Collection Francis Gross, Paris, 30 June

  • Banksy

    Subject to Availability, 2009-2010
    oil on canvas, in artist's frame
    overall: 62 ¾ x 86 ¾ in. (159.5 x 220.3 cm.)
    Estimate
    £3,000,000–5,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, London, 30 June

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

  • Albert Gleizes (1881–1953)

    Paysage à Meudon, 1911
    signed and dated 'Albert Gleizes 11' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 36 in. (71 x 91.4 cm.)
    Estimate
    £250,000–350,000
    Related sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale, London, 1 July

    PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN MIDWESTERN GENTLEMAN

  • David Hockney (b. 1937)

    Still Life with Flowers and Lobster at Odin's Restaurant, 1980
    coloured crayon on paper
    19 ⅛ x 17 ¾ in. (48.5 x 61 cm.)
    Estimate
    £300,000-500,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 2 July

    PROPERTY OF A LADY AND GENTLEMAN

  • Samia Halaby (b. 1936)

    Untitled (No. 426), 1987
    signed, inscribed and dated ‘No-426 1987 S.A. HALABY’(on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    44 x 66 in. (111.7 x 167.7 cm.)
    Estimate
    £25,000-35,000
    Related sale
    First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online, 24 June – 7th July

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988)

    The elephant, 1986
    signed and dated 'Jean-Michel Basquiat 1986' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    78 ¾ x 100 ¼ in.
    Estimate
    €3,700,000-5,500,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir, Paris, 30 June

  • Pierre Soulages (b. 1919)

    Peinture 162 x 114 cm, 17 avril 1972
    signed 'Soulages' (lower right); signed and dated 'Soulages 17.4.72' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    63 ¾ x 44 ⅞ in.
    Estimate
    €1,000,000–1,500,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir, Paris, 30 June

  • Edgar Degas (1834–1917)

    Danseuse rose, 1896
    signed 'Degas.' (lower left)
    pastel on paper laid down on board
    16 ¾ x 12 ¾ in. (42.5 x 31.1 cm.)
    Estimate
    £2,500,000–3,500,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, London, 30 June

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR

  • Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966)

    Buste d'homme (Lotar II), 1964-65
    bronze with brown and green patina
    22 ⅞ x 14 ¼ x 10 in.
    this bronze cast in 1973 in an edition of 8 plus 4
    Estimate
    €1,700,000–2,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Collection Francis Gross, Paris, 30 June

  • Bridget Riley (b. 1931)

    Zing 2, 1971
    acrylic emulsion on canvas
    54 ⅛ x 44 ¼ in. (132.2 x 112.2cm.)
    Estimate
    £1,800,000–2,200,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, London, 30 June

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Buste et barque, 1933
    signed, dated, and inscribed 'Picasso, Cannes le 4 Août XXXIII-' (lower right)
    watercolour and pen and India ink on paper
    15 ¾ x 19 ⅞ in. (40 x 50.5 cm.)
    Estimate
    £250,000-350,000
    Related sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale, London, 1 July

  • Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967)

    Colour experiment No 15 (large inside spiral), 2010
    oil on canvas laid on board
    diameter: 39 ⅛ in. (99.5 cm.)
    Estimate
    £180,000-250,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 2 July

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT SCANDINAVIAN COLLECTION

  • Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)

    Were (recto); Ohio 2 (verso), 1974
    watercolour on paper, double-sided
    recto: 19 ⅞ x 26 ⅜ in. (50.5 x 67 cm.)
    verso: 26 ⅜ x 19 ⅞ in. (67 x 50.5 cm.)
    Estimate
    £15,000-20,000
    Related sale
    First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online, 24 June – 7 July

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DIANA METCALF STAINOW

  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938)

    Pantomime Reimann: Die Rache der Tänzerin, 1912
    oil on canvas
    39 ⅝ x 29 ¾ in. (100.7 x 75.5 cm.)
    Estimate
    £6,000,000 – 9,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, London, 30 June

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION

  • Nicolas de Staël (1914–1955)

    Bouteilles, harmonie en rose et bleu, 1952
    signed 'Staël' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    20 ⅞ x 28 ¾ in.
    Estimate
    €2,000,000–3,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Collection Francis Gross, Paris, 30 June

  • Alexander Calder (1898–1976)

    Untitled, 1944
    hanging mobile - pottery shards, glass shards, Plexiglas, wire and string
    34 x 31 x 26 in. (86.4 x 78.7 x 66 cm.)
    Estimate
    £3,500,000–5,500,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, London, 30 June

  • Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948)

    Mz 259 Zeichnung Campendonk, 1921
    fabric, gouache, watercolour and paper collage attached to the artist's window-mount
    Image: 7 ⅛ x 5 ⅝ in. (18.1 x 14.4 cm.)
    Artist's mount: 10 ⅞ x 8 ½ in. (27.5 x 21.5 cm.)
    Estimate
    £120,000-180,000
    Related sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale, London, 1 July

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED GERMAN COLLECTION

  • Banksy

    London New York Bristol (Monkey), 2000
    tagged 'BANKSY' (lower edge)
    spray paint and acrylic on canvas
    24 ⅛ x 24 ⅛ in. (61.2 x 61.2 cm.)
    Estimate
    £500,000-700,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 2 July

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, LONDON

  • Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008)

    T 56, 1962
    signed in Japanese and dated 'Kazuo Shiraga 62' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    51 ⅛ x 38 ¼ in. (130 x 97 cm.)
    Estimate
    €900,000–1,200,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir, Paris, 30 June

Charity highlights

Christie’s and amfAR continue partnership to raise critical funds for COVID-19 research

Following the success of last year’s partnership, Christie’s and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, are delighted to announce From the Studio: Part Two, an initiative dedicated to raising critical funds for COVID-19 research through a selection of works to be offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale on 2 July at Christie’s London.


Online selling exhibition

Expanding Horizons: From European Decorative to Contemporary Arts
Online, June – August 2021

Expanding Horizons is an online selling exhibition exploring the cross-pollination between Eastern and Western art traditions. Juxtaposing European decorative arts with post-war and contemporary art from and influenced by Asia, explore our curated virtual gallery to get a closer look at the works available to purchase.

© Georges Mathieu, DACS 2021

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