Last week’s sales of Impressionist & Modern Art, including The Art of the Surreal, totalled £117,788,500 and was led by masterpieces from the 20th century by artists such as Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall and Egon Schiele.
20th Century at Christie’s: A new series of sales that explores an explosive period in art history
The Art of the Surreal was led by Max Ernst’s museum-quality work The Stolen Mirror, which sold for £7,642,500, kicking off an evening of impressive prices for leading names of the period. In the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale Selbstbildnis mit gespreitzen Fingern, painted by Egon Schiele in 1909, achieved £7,250,500, while Marc Chagall’s Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel from 1928 sold for £7,026,500 against a low estimate of £4,800,000.
Jay Vincze, International Director and Head of the Impressionist & Modern Art department, noted that there was ‘strong interest across price levels and periods, from Paul Cezanne’s 1882 work Ferme en Normandie, été (Hattenville), through to Joan Miró’s 1968 Femme et oiseaux dans la nuit.’ The sales attracted bidders from over 35 countries, marking the continued strength of this varied market.
The following day, the Impressionist & Modern Day Sale at King Street totalled £11,502,250 led by Alexej von Jawlensky’s Abstrakter Kopf: Blau – Rot while the Works on Paper sale realised £6,597,000 selling 88 per cent by value with a significant demand for works by Marc Chagall and Paul Klee.
The week concluded with the South Kensington sales in this category including our much anticipated Picasso Ceramics auction of the great master’s editions which realised the highest ever total for a various owner sale in the category at South Kensington and was sold 95 per cent by value.
These impressive results have been mirrored in recent months by our online and private sales platforms. Highlights include the sale of Jockeys by Edgar Degas to Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen and our online auction of Picasso ceramics last November, which sold 257 per cent by value.
20th Century at Christie’s continues this week with the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening, day and online auctions.
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Main image: Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel, 1928 Estimate: £4,800,000-6,800,000. Sold for £7,026,500. The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, 2 February 2016.