The Spring/Summer season kicked off in spectacular fashion in early March with the second sale of Comics & Illustrations at Christie’s Paris which realised a total of nearly €6 million, including the sale dedicated to Tintin. No less than 17 artist world auction records were set, among which were Enki Bilal, Edgard P. Jacobs and Moebius.
At the end of the same month, the Journées du Dessin sales, held on the occasion of the Paris Salon du Dessin, were also very successful with no less than 2,500 visitors to the viewing. Highlights included the sale of modern works on paper from the Triton Collection Foundation which achieved over €9.8 million and established many world auction records for artists such as Claude-Emile Schuffenecker, Paul-Elie Ranson and Frédéric Bazille. With 100% of lots sold, this sale achieved a perfect score.
In May, three Design sales took place for the first time, illustrating the significance of the French capital on the market for 20th century decorative arts. Together, these sales totalled €8.3 million and set 11 world auction records; the first Design day sale doubled its estimate, while the collection of Marie-Laure Bonnaud-Vautrin, Line Vautrin’s daughter, broke the record for a work by the artist with the sale of the mirror Si tous les Gars du Mondefor €421,500.
This exceptional semester was brought to a close in June by the most important African, Oceanic and American art auction ever held at Christie’s Paris which realised €11.5 million. This sale was led by the William Rubin Kota, the greatest African work of art sold at Christie’s to this day, the second highest price for an African piece sold in France and the third highest in the world.
Lionel Gosset, auctioneer at Christie’s Paris