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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Christie’s impressionist

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 giugno 2014

Christie's impressionistLondon 24 June. – The strength of demand for the very best Impressionist and Modern Art has been demonstrated at Christie’s in 2014 with the record breaking London Evening Sale in February, which set the highest total for any art auction held in London and the stellar New York Evening Sale in May, which achieved the highest total for the category in New York since May 2010. Both auctions attracted deep, international bidding and high sell through rates of 86% by lot and 96% by value, and 89% by lot and 96% by value, respectively. Christie’s London Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale  on 24 June will continue to meet current market tastes with a rich offering of 60 avant-garde and modern works by the towering greats of the 20th century, many of which are being offered at auction for the first time.A group of four masterworks by Alberto Giacometti from an important private collection presents the market with one of the most significant collections of works by the artist to come to the market in many decades. The star lot is Giacometti’s iconic sculpture La Main, conceived and cast in 1947, which was in the New York exhibition that launched Giacometti’s Post-war international career (estimate: £10-15 million). The wealth of highlights from other private collections also include Composition A, with Double Line and Yellow, 1935, by Piet Mondrian which is among the property being offered from the  Rudolf and Leonore Blum Collection (estimate: £5-8 million); L’artiste et le modèle nu, 1921, by Henri Matisse (estimate: £7-10 million); and arguably the most important work by Kurt Schwitters ever to come to the market, Ja – Was? – Bild (‘Yes-What?-Picture’), 1920, which is one of only three early large reliefs from this first revolutionary Merzbilder series to remain in private hands (estimate: £4-6 million). It is offered from the Viktor and Marianne Langen Collection; this follows the sale of works from the collection at Christie’s New York in May which was 100% sold and realised $79,829,000. With estimates ranging from £200,000 up to £15 million, the pre-sale estimate for the Evening Sale is £96,350,000 to £141,450,000. Select highlights from the sale will go on view for the first time between 13 and 17 June during Christie’s free five-day public exhibition ‘Open House 2014’ which will showcase timeless international masterpieces of the summer auction season. (Christie’s impressionist images)



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