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Event Date1 May | Live auction 2554

Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

New York
Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

Sale Overview

Christie’s spring Impressionist and Modern Art sales in New York on May 1 and 2 totaled $150,740,125 (£93,458,878/ €113,391,635). With exceptional sell-through rates of 90% by lot and 96% by value, the Evening Sale was among the most successful sales in this category since 2006.  Of the 31 works offered, 2 lots sold for over $15 million, 7 for over $5 million and 21 for over $1 million. Two star lots tied for the top price of the week: Henri Matisse’s Fauvist still life Les Pivoines and Paul Cézanne’s rediscovered study for Card Players, which both achieved $19.1 million.

Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper sales on May 2 achieved similarly strong results, with combined sales of $33,654,125 (£20,865,558/€25,577,135) and solid sell-through rates of 83% by lot and 88% by value. The top lot of the combined sales was Ernst Barlach’s, Weinende Frau, which sold for $938,500 (£581,870/€713,260) – a new world auction record for the artist.

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