The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale took place at Christies
this evening and realized $91,210,543. The top price of the evening was paid for Claude Monets Dans la Prairie, 1876, which was exhibited at the seminal third Impressionist Exhibition in 1877 and which sold at this evening sale for $16,164,918. At this evenings auction, 4 works of art sold for over £5 million / 16 over £1 million. Buyers (by lot / by origin) were 18% UK, 54% Europe not including UK, 26% Americas and 2% Asia.
Giovanna Bertazzoni, Director and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christies London: This evenings results demonstrate the strength of this long established category of art. Its timeless appeal was illustrated by committed bidding from a deep pool of collectors from around the world who seized the opportunity to bid for rare and exceptional works, many of which were offered at auction for the first time in decades.
Further leading highlights of the sale included:
·Les deux filles, a rare double portrait by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) which was offered at auction for the first time having been acquired directly from the artist through his dealer over 90 years ago, and which sold for £6,537,250 / $9,400,566/ 7,223,661, against a pre-sale estimate of £3.5 million to £5.5 million.
·L'abandon (Les deux amies), 1895, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), one of the finest works by the artist to be offered at auction, realized £6,201,250 / $8,917,398 / 6,852,381 (estimate: £5 million to £7 million).
·Les couturières, 1890, by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), one of the seminal Nabi masterpieces which was painted when the artist was just 21 years old and which £5,081,250 / $4,306,838 / 5,614,781 against a pre-sale £4.5 million to £6.5 million.
Elsewhere in the sale, La cuirasse dor, circa 1907, a seductive portrait of a dancer by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) sold for £2,897,250 / $4,166,246 / 3,201,461 against an estimate of £1.5 million to £2.5 million; and Reclining Mother and Child by Henry Moore (1898-1986), one of an edition of seven plus one further cast described by David Sylvester as possibly the greatest of Moores works in bronze, realized £2,617,250 / $3,763,606 / 2,892,061 (estimate: £1,500,000 to £2,000,000).