Christie’s evening auction of Old Master & British Paintings realised £23,852,300 / $36,279,348 / €27,740,225. The sale attracted buyers from 11 countries across 4 continents. The top price was paid for a glittering view of Venice by Canaletto (1697-1768) painted at the height of his powers, The Molo, Venice, from the Bacino di San Marco, which realised £8,461,875 / $12,870,512 / €9,841,161 (estimate: £4-6 million).
Georgina Wilsenach, Head of Old Master & British Paintings at Christie’s London: “This sale saw strong prices for paintings from all schools, particularly Italian, Flemish and British. We welcomed, once again, bidders from Asia, the Middle East, South America and Russia as well as the traditional markets of Europe and America, with buyers this evening from 11 countries across 4 continents. This resulted in the impressive price for the Canaletto, which doubled its pre-sale estimate.”