Van Gogh highlight of Christie's $479m sale

Yesterday's Christie’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art at Rockefeller Center totalled  $479.3 million, an amount far exceeding the presale estimate of $360 million.

 

88% (60) of the 68 lots sold, The highlight of the sale was Vincent van Gogh's Laboruer dans un champ, which totalled $81.3million including premium, the second highest auction price ever acheived for his work.

 

Vincent van Gogh's Laboruer dans un champ (1889). Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd.

 

The Van Gogh was one of twelve items from the collection of Texas collectors Nancy Lee and Perry Bass. These lots were estimated to bring a total of between $101.5 million and $146.7 million. The total amount for the collection was $143 million, an incredible result.

 

Alongside the Van Gogh was Fernand Leger's Contraste de formes, which sold at a hammer price of $62million, a new record for the artist's work.

A Christie’s representative said that the sale had achieved a hugely impressive six auction records and was the second-highest total ever for a “various-owner sale” of Impressionist and Modern Art at the auction house.

 

Fernand Léger’s Contrastes de formes (1913). Courtesy of Christie's.

 

Pablo Picasso‘s Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) (1954), one of three works the artist painted of his mistress and later wife.

The painting was estimated at $20–30 million but totalled $36.9 million including premium.

 

Pablo Picasso’s Femme accroupie (Jacqueline) (1954). Courtesy of Christie’s.

 

The evening sale made a total of $479.3m inluding premium, above the pre-sale estimate of $360m.

Christie’s Impressionist and Modern day sales are followed by November 15’s Post-War and Contemporary art evening sales.

 

 

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