The Evening Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art and The Art of the Surreal that took place at Christie’s London on 4 February realised a combined total of £147,031,000/$222,751,965/€194,080,920, selling 88% by lot and 94% by value. The auctions had a combined pre-sale estimate of £92.8 million to £133.8 million. The top price was achieved by Joan Miró’s Painting (Women, Moon, Birds), which sold for £15,538,500/ $23,540,828/ €20,510,820 against an estimate of £4 million to £7 million. In total, 36 works of art sold for over £1 million / 45 for over $1 million.
Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s: “This is the first ever surrealist to sale to break the $100 million barrier; this is an exciting moment made possible by the inclusion of two important private European collections which also included Impressionist and Modern works. One of the collections had been hidden away for 50 years and had never come to auction. A great evening for Magritte and Miró: the sale set record prices for a Post-War Miró and a new record for a Magritte work on paper; all 9 Magrittes offered were 100% sold.”