• Event date 27 February - 21 March
  • Event location London
Christie’s first 20th and 21st Century Art auction series of the year in London concluded with a market-leading total of £258,254,804.

Following these successes, we are inviting submissions to our next auctions in June 2024. With our excellent track record and the unparalleled expertise of our specialists, Christie’s is the destination to sell your individual works of art or collection to the global audience. Contact us for a free and confidential valuation, and get started on your selling journey.
Our 20th and 21st Century sales marked two important art historical events: the 100th anniversary of the Surrealist Manifesto and the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist Exhibition. Leading The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale was René Magritte’s L’ami intime (The Intimate Friend), which sold for an outstanding £33,600,000, while one of our most coveted lots was Claude Monet’s Matinée sur la Seine, which made its first auction appearance in 45 years and fetched an impressive £14,397,500.

Building on the strength of British artists, the 20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale underscored London’s position as a central hub in the global art market. Francis Bacon’s Landscape near Malabata, Tangier sold for £19,630,000, while David Hockney’s California made its worldwide auction debut and realised £18,710,000. The sale also witnessed Michael Andrews’ School III: Butterfly Fish and Damsel Fish break a world auction record for the artist, selling for £3,125,500.

German Expressionist works also delivered a standout performance in the evening sale, including Kirchner’s Sitzender schwarzhaariger Mädchenakt and Jawlensky’s Frau mit Fächer, while Kirchner’s Sonnentänzerin led the Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale.

There was a strong showing for our Modern British and Irish Art auctions, with L.S. Lowry’s Sunday Afternoon realising £6.3 million, marking the second-highest price achieved for a work by the artist at auction, while Barbara Hepworth’s monumental sculpture Three Curves with Strings [Gold Mincarlo] led the day sale fetching £478,800.
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