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Famosa copia della Gioconda venduta per 2,9 milioni di euro da Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 giugno 2021

La “Mona Lisa Hekking”, una famosa replica del XVII secolo che il suo proprietario, Raymond Hekking, aveva sostenuto come autentica negli anni ’60, è salita a 2,9 milioni di euro (costi inclusi) in un’asta di vendita online da Christie’s. Segno che il fascino intorno alla Gioconda di Leonardo da Vinci esposta al Louvre non si sta attenuando, questa copia di ottima qualità è stata acquistata da un collezionista straniero, mentre quattordici offerenti si sono fatti avanti, ha detto la casa d’aste di Parigi. La vendita sul sito web di Christie’s è iniziata una settimana fa. Senza i costi, l’importo ha raggiunto 2,4 milioni di euro, ben al di sopra della stima di partenza dei lavori tra 200.000 e 300.000 euro. Questo dipinto, evidenzia Giovanni D’Agata, presidente dello “Sportello dei Diritti”, aveva fatto notizia su giornali e radio fino agli Stati Uniti, dopo essere stato acquistato da un antiquario della regione di Nizza da Raymond Hekking.

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20th/21st Century: London to Paris Evening Sale Series is now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 giugno 2021

London to Paris Livestreamed Evening Sale Series is anchored around the culturally dynamic cities of London and Paris, taking place on 30 June 2021 ‘London to Paris’ will present iconic works by artists who defined the diverse and influential movements that shaped the 20th century, situating them alongside those working throughout the last 20 years who have continued to radicalise artistic practice in the 21st century The London to Paris Livestreamed Evening Sale Series, incorporating Christie’s salerooms in Hong Kong and New York, will encompass the 20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, 20th/21st Century: Collection Francis Gross, and the 20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir

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Christie’s London Edit auction featuring highlights of Marni’s SS21

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 giugno 2021

London. Christie’s Jewels & Handbags Online: The London Edit from 9 to 23 June will present four one-of-a-kind pieces from Marni’s SS21 Marnifesto collection, sold to benefit the Alliance of Artists Communities, an international association of artist residencies that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. The selection of Marnifesto highlights will comprise of upcycled leather coats from the brand’s archives, featuring hand-painted words and drawings inspired by Marni’s community. The online auction is now open, with bidding starting from £100, and the unique pieces will be available to view at Christie’s London from 11 to 16 June.During the Covid-19 pandemic, Marni’s Creative Director Francesco Risso opened up a dialogue between the talents, photographers and creative consultants who have collaborated with the brand over the years, including Mykki Blanco, Jonah Hill, Michelle Elie, Julien d’Ys, Camilla Nickerson, Jess Maybury among others. Exploring creativity and new ways of working during lockdown, this epistolary chain served as the inspiration for the resulting Marnifesto collection, conceived as a celebration of human connections, love, freedom and self-expression.Once back in the studio, Marni’s treasured archives served as a neutral canvas, with previous collections upcycled and transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces, hand-painted with poetry, words and motifs collected during lockdown. Spontaneous brush strokes adorn these wearable pieces of art, beauty born out of challenges and an exploration of the future while paying tribute to the past. Rachel Koffsky, Christie’s International Senior Specialist, Handbags & Accessories: “We are delighted to partner with Marni to offer four one-of-a-kind, wearable works of art from the 2021 Spring-Summer Marnifesto Collection. Made during the pandemic, hand painted in the Marni atelier in Italy, each unique piece represents a Love Letter from Marni collaborators to Francesco Risso, the fashion community and the world at large. One year later, this collection could not be more resonant. The eclectic, hand-painted nature of the collection represents the do-it-yourself sensibility which came to the fore at the beginning of the pandemic. While some of us baked sourdough, or learned to knit, the Marni atelier used their craft to make sense of this uncertain time, and to heal the community. Reflecting this, Marni has dedicated a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Alliance of Artists Communities. At this time, we need art more than ever, and to support artists and artist communities in need.”

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Christie’s Classic Week presents Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 giugno 2021

LONDON – On 8 July 2021, Christie’s Classic Week Exceptional Sale will present Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) handwritten revisions to the Principia, arguably the most important single work in the history of science (estimate: £600,000–900,000). This is an unpublished, working manuscript for Newton’s projected and ultimately abandoned second edition, and includes additional notes by the Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory (1659-1708). The manuscript was in the archive of Gregory until the 1860’s, and was most recently in the notable collection of Maurice Car.The autograph manuscript, handwritten in Latin on paper, comprises one and a half pages, with 39 lines in Newton’s hand, alongside 14 lines and two diagrams by the Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory. The draft revisions relate to key sections from each of the three books of the Principia, on the compression of liquids, the orbits of comets and the motion of bodies in eccentric conic sectionThe manuscript is one of a series of papers prompted by a visit by Gregory to Newton in Cambridge on 4-10 May 1694. During the visit, the two engaged closely with Newton’s planned second edition of the Principia, a project which he had been contemplating since at least 1691, when he discussed it with Nicolas Fatio de Duillier. Gregory’s surviving papers include a number of comparable leaves which were produced either during his initial visit or through subsequent correspondence between the two scientists over the following two months. Gregory, who had been elected Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford in 1691, in part on Newton’s recommendation, was probably the most important early British interpreter of the Principia: he had begun a close reading of the work within months of its publication, and his notes and commentary over subsequent years survive in the library of the Royal Society. Ultimately, Newton’s exchanges with Gregory, including the passages in the present manuscript, remained unpublished, and no second edition was produced until Roger Cotes’s edition of 1713.The Principia explains the universal physical laws of gravitation and motion which lie behind phenomena described by Newton’s predecessors Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. Newton establishes the mathematical basis for the motion of bodies in unresisting space (the law of inertia); the motion of fluids and the effect of friction on bodies moving through fluids; and, most importantly, sets forth the law of universal gravitation and its unifying role in the cosmos. For the first time a single mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well as the phenomena of the heavens. Newton’s scientific views were not seriously challenged until Einstein’s theory of relativity and Planck’s quantum theory, but his principles and methods remain essential for the solution of many scientific questions.Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica will appear as a lead lot in the Exceptional Sale, part of Christie’s Classic Week in London, on 8 July 2021.

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Christie’s Private Sales presents the first ever bottle of space-aged Pétrus 2000 to be offered for sale

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 maggio 2021

Christie’s presents a bottle of space-aged Pétrus 2000, which has spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time wine has travelled to the ISS and returned to Earth, ageing in a carefully monitored and controlled environment, as part of a series of experiments undertaken by Space Cargo Unlimited, a one-of-a-kind European “New Space” start-up. The unique bottle of space-aged Pétrus is offered in a unique trunk, imagined and handcrafted by the Parisian Maison d’Arts Les Ateliers Victor, alongside a bottle of terrestrial Pétrus 2000, a decanter, glasses and a corkscrew made from a meteorite.The proceeds of the sale will go towards funding future space missions, offering collectors an opportunity to acquire a piece of vinous and space history while also contributing to ongoing research. The wine is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.On 1 March 2021 the first analysis of the bottles took place at ISVV (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin) in Bordeaux, which organised an organoleptic tasting led by Philippe Darriet, Director of the Institute’s Oenology Research Unit. A panel of 12 wine professionals and scientists, including Jane Anson, Philippe Darriet and Erik Samazeuilh, conducted a tasting to describe the terrestrial wine and the space wine according to visual, gustatory, and olfactory criteria. The initial results found the bottles positively endured all the constraints of preparation, travel, and storage on the ISS. Remarkable differences in the colour, aroma and taste components were noted, and the wines sampled were commended for their complexity and considered to be great wines.Pétrus wine is known worldwide for its exceptional qualities. It was selected as the preferred wine for this landmark experiment due to being predominantly mono-varietal and for having a documented history that allows the effects of the time that the wine spent in space to be measured. The 2000 vintage also offers an ideal structure for the analysis of such an experiment.

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Christie’s Global: Announcing two unique collection sales

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 aprile 2021

London 23 June at Christie’s London, and The Roger Federer Collection – Sold to Benefit The RF Foundation – The Online Auction open for bidding from 23 June to the 13 and 14* July. Both sales comprise Roger Federer’s personal sporting memorabilia collected over the duration of his professional tennis career to date. The lots offered recognise and celebrate the career and sporting success of Roger Federer, and the auctions are taking place to raise funds specifically for The Roger Federer Foundation.Roger Federer comments, ‘Every piece in these auctions represents a moment in my tennis career and enables me to share a part of my personal archive with my fans around the world. More importantly, the proceeds will support The Roger Federer Foundation to help us continue to deliver educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland.’ The Roger Federer Collection – The Live Auction comprises 20 prestigious lots, each signed and celebrating one of Roger Federer’s 20 record-breaking Grand Slam tennis titles. Estimates range from £3,000-£70,000, and the sale will take place in Christie’s King Street, London. In January 2018, Roger Federer became the first male tennis player to win 20 Grand Slam titles. Each lot in The Live Auction represents an iconic moment from either the Australian Open, the French Open, The Championships Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.

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Imperial Jewels at Christie’s Geneva

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 marzo 2021

GENEVA – May 2021 marks 200 years since the death of Emperor Napoléon I (1769-1821), and it is an extraordinary coincidence that this spectacular parure of sapphires and diamonds, from the collection of his adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860) will be offered for sale at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on 12 May 2021. The nine pieces, including a tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet will be offered as individual lots. A total of 38 sapphires originating from Ceylon were used to create this parure in the early 1800s. The collection also includes the important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal, set with a remarkable Burmese sapphire in the centre.Napoleon I married Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796, who was Stephanie’s aunt. Stephanie was born on 28 August 1789, unfortunately her mother died two years later and she spent her early years with the nuns in the French country side. Soon after her aunt’s marriage to Napoléon I she joined them and grew up in Versailles and Paris. A month before her own wedding, she was adopted by Napoléon and became Her Imperial Highness Princess Stephanie Napoléon and was therewith able to marry into the Baden Family on 6 April 1806, when she said yes to Prince Charles of Baden. Together they had five children; two boys, who died in infancy, and three daughters. A record in writing, found between the boxes of jewels, stated that these sapphire jewels were given to Stephanie by her cousin Hortense de Beauharnais. Such an origin is very likely. In many paintings Hortense, and her mother Empress Josephine, can be seen wearing precious belts. Furthermore, Hortense’s financial papers, which are kept in the Napoléon archive in Paris, give evidence of her fortune between 1817 and 1837, the year she passed away. They show that she left Paris in 1816 with little money, but a lot of jewellery. After Stephanie’s death in 1860 the sapphire parure described as ‘necklace, pendant, earrings, 7 pins and a belt’ was inherited by Stephanie’s second daughter, Josephine, Princess of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen. Under Napoléon’s court, belts decorated with precious stones were part of any jewellery parure, as fashion dictated that the waist was very high on dresses and court ladies needed a belt which was placed just under the décolleté. It seems the belt was remodelled into a bandeau-tiara and a bracelet by Princess Josephine, who died in 1900, aged 83. In her will, she left the sapphires (necklace, bandeau-tiara, earrings, pendants and bracelet) to her eldest son, Léopold (1835-1905). At this point, Stephanie’s sapphire parure was joined by another spectacular sapphire jewel: a crown with detachable brooches from Queen Maria da Gloria of Portugal (1819-1853).Maria was born in 1819 in Rio, where her family, the Braganza dynasty, took refuge when Napoléon I invaded their kingdom of Portugal. Her father Pedro, King of Portugal and 1st Emperor of Brazil, abdicated the crown of Portugal in her favour in 1826. Therewith, Maria da Gloria became Queen of Portugal at the age of seven. She died in 1853 after having given birth to 11 children. Her seventh child Infanta Antonia (1845-1913) married Léopold, Prince of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen in 1861, and it is believed that their union united the two sapphire parures.

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The Arts of the Surreal Evening Sale now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 marzo 2021

London – The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale will take place on 23 March 2021, a key auction within Christie’s series of livestream sales that will see collectors convene in London via our livestreamed salerooms in Hong Kong and New York. The 20th edition of this annual sale dedicated to Surrealism and Dada will be led by three works by Max Ernst, René Magritte and Joan Miró from the Collection of Claude Hersaint, who was one of the most important collectors of Surrealist art. Paintings by Miró and Ernst are offered from a second major collection, 20th Century Modern Masters from a Private French Collection. A presentation of six paintings by René Magritte is highlighted by Le monde poétique (1947, estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000), La découverte du feu (1936, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000) and Les jeunes amours (1963, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000). Further highlights include Goutte d’eau sur la neige rose (1968, estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000) by Joan Miró and Francis Picabia’s Baigneuse (circa 1925-26, estimate: £600,000-900,000) as well as Danseuse étoile sur un transatlantique (1913, estimate: £550,000-850,000). The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale brings together the artists that defined one of the most iconic movements of the 20th century, celebrating the diversity and evolution of artists that pioneered new techniques and mediums which had a far reaching influence on the artists working today.

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The 20th Century Art Evening Sale Now Online for Browsing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 marzo 2021

London – The 20th Century Art Evening Sale will take place on 23 March 2021, a key auction within Christie’s series of livestream sales that will see collectors convene in London via our livestreamed salerooms in Hong Kong and New York. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior (1982, estimate: HK$240,000-320,000) will launch the evening and is poised to become the most expensive Western artwork ever offered in Asia. Directly following this, the 20th Century Art Evening Sale will be highlighted by two portraits by Pablo Picasso that represent two very distinct periods of Picasso’s oeuvre: Femme nue couchée au collier (Marie-Thérèse) (1932, estimate: £9,000,000-15,000,000) and Femme assise dans un fauteuil noir (Jacqueline) (1962, estimate: £6,000,000-9,000,000). 20th Century Modern Masters from a Private French Collection includes works by Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier and Fernand Léger. This exceptional group offers a view into the crucial dialogues that connected avant-garde artists working in Europe and America throughout the 20th Century. Three further works from the Deutsche Bank Collections will also be presented, by Ernst Barlach, Lyonel Feininger, and Oskar Kokoshka.The 20th Century Art Evening Sale situates contemporary artists alongside those that shaped the trajectory of art in the 20th century. German art is a particular focus, with artists ranging from Ernst Ludwig Kirchner to Gerhard Richter and from Albert Oehlen to Daniel Richter.Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s portrait The Like Above All Lovers (2013, estimate: £400,000-600,000) depicts an imagined scene, standing in contrast to Amoako Boafo’s bold Self-Portrait (2016, estimate: £60,000-80,000). Seen alongside paintings by Joy Labinjo and Claire Tabouret, these works provide insight into contemporary figurative painting.

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Banksy’s Game Changer to be Sold at Auction: Proceeds will Benefit the NHS

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 marzo 2021

London – Banksy’s Game Changer will be offered at auction in Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale on 23 March 2021, with a pre-sale estimate of £2,500,000-3,500,000. On 6 May 2020, during the first wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a painting by Banksy appeared in Southampton General Hospital. Banksy’s gift to the hospital now comes to auction, as was always the artist’s intention. A reproduction will remain on view for future patients, visitors and staff at the hospital. Titled Game Changer, the original will be sold with proceeds benefitting the NHS. Appearing at a time when countries across the world applauded their frontline workers from their doorsteps during the first global lockdown, and painted rainbows in support, Game Changer spoke directly to the international zeitgeist. Until now, the work has only been seen in person by frontline medical staff and those admitted to hospital for treatment: the auction marks Game Changer’s first appearance outside of the hospital. The work will be visible to passers-by from the Duke Street Gallery window at Christie’s Headquarters in London until 15 March 2021. In crisp, linear detail, Game Changer, which is hand-painted, shows a young boy playing with a selection of superhero dolls. In the painting, Batman and Spiderman lie discarded in a bin; instead, the child clutches a new idol. A masked nurse dressed in the international uniform of the Red Cross soars to the rescue, her cape fluttering and arm outstretched towards the sky. When first unveiled, the picture was accompanied by a note: ‘Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.’ Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe: “Game Changer is a universal tribute to all those fighting worldwide on the frontline of this crisis. At a time when we can dare to hope once more, and look at life beyond the pandemic, it is important to reflect on the many symbols of strength and hope we have seen internationally since the beginning of 2020. Banksy’s Game Changer was a beacon of light for the staff and patients at Southampton General Hospital and it was the artist’s wish to then auction it with proceeds benefitting the NHS. The work pays tribute to the strength and resilience of those who have demonstrated true leadership throughout the pandemic, the staff of our vital NHS, the nation’s true heroes. At the same time, our young protagonist engaged in the simple pleasure of playing with his action figures, captures the other side of this pandemic, the focus on family, friends and loved ones. It is an honour to present the work at auction and to do our best at Christie’s to realise the artist’s vision for the work.”Charged with the expressive detail of a children’s book illustration, it is an image of quiet poignancy. The composition is monochrome, save for the red cross that glows from the nurse’s uniform. It captures a moment of unstudied innocence, registering the play of light and shadow across the boy’s face, hair and clothes. He appears to look towards a brighter dawn, safe in the knowledge that real superheroes do walk among us.In a time of rapid and unsteady change, Game Changer ultimately offers an image of hope. Irreverence, parody and calls to arms are absent: instead, it represents a personal tribute to those who continue to turn the tide of the pandemic. Its style is one of nostalgic purity, yet its message looks firmly towards the future. As an artwork, however, it will remain forever a symbol of its time: a reminder of the world’s real game changers, and of the vital work they perform.

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Christie’s Spring Season of Global 20th Century Sales Launches in London and New York

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 marzo 2021

London. Christie’s global spring season of 20th Century art sales launched in London and New York on 1 March 2021, achieving a total across the evening of £43,702,515 / $61,139,818 / €50,520,107, with collectors convening from 12 countries over 5 continents and combined sell-through rates of 98% by lot and 100% by value. The series of sales was opened in New York with A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud, a grouping of eight exquisite works on paper that saw the market bidding competitively for exceptional quality, with a total of £18,070,765 / $25,281,000 / €20,889,804 realised. The sale was led by Van Gogh’s rare portrait La Mousmé, one of the finest works on paper of the artist’s career which sold for £7,459,614 / $10,436,000 / €8,623,314. A world auction record was set by Augustus John’s Head of a Girl (Edie McNeill) (£348,463 / $487,500 / €402,823) while bidding across the salerooms in London and New York saw strong prices realised for works on paper by René Magritte, Henry Moore and Georges Seurat. The Modern British Art Evening Sale directly followed, realising a total of £25,631,750 / $35,858,818 / €29,630,303, selling 97% by lot and 99% by value. The evening was led by Sir Winston Churchill’s Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque which set a new world auction record price of £8,285,000 / $11,590,715 / €9,577,460 after a nine-minute battle between 10 bidders. The painting was offered from the Jolie Family Collection. Two further works by Churchill demonstrated heightened demand for his paintings with both far exceeding the pre-sale expectations: Scene at Marrakech (£1,882,500 / $2,633,618 / €2,176,170) and St Paul’s Churchyard (£1,078,500 / $1,508,822 / €1,246,746). Henry Moore’s Maquette for King and Queen sold for £3,022,500 / $4,228,478 / €3,494,010, over three times the low estimate and testament to the rarity of the subject matter in the artist’s oeuvre. Sir John Lavery’s The Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs, from the collection of Charles Delevingne, sold for £862,500 / $1,206,638 / €997,050, a record for a portrait by the artist. Sir Michael Craig-Martin’s With Red Shoes set a new world auction record for the artist (£325,000 / $454,675 / €375,700).The Modern British Art Day Sale takes place on Tuesday 2 March at 2pm. The 20th Century Sale series then continues on 23 March with We Are All Warriors: the Basquiat Auction which is followed by the 20th Century Art Evening Sale and The Art of The Surreal Evening Sale.

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Modern British Art Day Sale 2 March 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 marzo 2021

London The Modern British Art Day Sale will take place on 2 March 2021, part of Christie’s Spring Season of 20th Century Art Sales. The sale is highlighted by a selection of over 20 works by L.S. Lowry ranging from seascapes to the familiar crowd scenes as well as poignant portraits. Lowry’s haunting painting, Man in a Trilby (1960, estimate: £150,000-250,000), exemplifies the artist’s fascination with those considered misfits and will lead the auction. The portrait is offered from the Estates of L.S. Lowry and Carol Ann Lowry alongside Portrait of Ann, with plait and black jumper (1954, estimate: £80,000-120,000) and Two Heads (1965, estimate: £80,000-120,000). A selection of works trace the trajectory of Pop Art in Britain: from Pauline Boty’s Designs for Stained Glass Window (circa 1958, estimate: £7,000-10,000) to Patrick Caulfield’s Sausage (1977, estimate: £30,000-50,000) and from Peter Blake’s The Deluge (1953-54, estimate: £40,000-60,000) to Michael Craig-Martin’s Two Chairs and a Table (1985, estimate: $4,000-6,000). The St Ives School is represented by Terry Frost’s Black, White and Ochre Figure, August 1959 (estimate: £30,000-40,000), Roger Hilton’s September 1960 (estimate: £30,000-50,000), Ben Nicholson’s 1946 (Tibetan) (estimate: £100,000-150,000), and Alfred Wallis’s Sailing Ship in a Stormy Sea (1955, estimate: £12,000-18,000). A further highlight is Ivon Hitchens’ Variations on an Interior, Inside (1968, estimate: £30,000-50,000), which is being offered by Bedales School with proceeds benefitting The John Badley Foundation, a registered charity set up to widen opportunity at Bedales School. The sale also presents further works from the Collection of Mireille and James Lévy; Henry Moore’s Seated Figure on Square Steps (1957, estimate: £100,000-150,000), Seated Woman with Crossed Feet (Conceived in 1957 and cast in 1965, estimate: £150,000-250,000 and Mother and Child: Crossed Feet (Conceived in 1956 and cast in 1957, estimate: £100,000-150,000).

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Christie’s Milan presents Mapping Modern and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 gennaio 2021

On online auction running from 20 January to 10 February 2021. Building on the concept of The Grand Tour, an educational visit through Europe and beyond, which took place in the 17th- and 18th-century, Christie’s has curated a sale, mapping modern and contemporary art from across Italy, including works by international artists who have been inspired by the country, have lived and worked in Italy for a period of time or have been strongly inspired by Italian culture.At the time, the Grand Tour would normally start from Turin and Milan, to proceed to Florence spending months at the Uffizi Gallery, famously showcasing in one space masterpieces of High Renaissance art and Roman sculpture. After a side trip to Pisa, the tourists would move on to Padua, Bologna and Venice. The travellers would continue to Rome to study the ancient ruins as well as paintings, sculptures, and architecture from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Some travellers also visited Naples and beyond to the main islands, Sicily and Sardinia.Some 300 years later, Christie’s will conduct a similar virtual tour through Italy by offering works by artists from the main regions, amongst them some very well-known and culturally influential spots and some others still to be discovered by the international audience.

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Christie’s Voyage To Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 novembre 2020

ONLINE: Until to 20 November 2020, Christie’s Voyage To Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection will present 700 lots, comprising approximately 2,400 vintage original photographs showcasing the artistic heritage of the golden age of space exploration when NASA, and its astronaut-photographers, captured the first forays into space and onto the surface of another world. The collection is the most comprehensive private collection of NASA photographs ever presented at auction, and spans every visual milestone of the space program, from the early days of Mercury, the technical advances of Gemini and Lunar Orbiter, to the triumphs of Apollo. Alongside the iconic images, Voyage to Another World boasts photographs which were not released by NASA at the time of the missions. With estimates ranging from £800 to £30,000, the sale offers collectors across the globe a unique opportunity to acquire a universal moment in the history of mankind. In a time when photography was still analogue, requiring light-sensitive chemistry, film and photographic papers, the astronauts were instructed by NASA, Hasselblad, Kodak, Zeiss specialists and by Life and National Geographic photographers such as Ralph Morse and Dean Conger. Through their cameras, the astronauts-turned-artists were able to convey to mankind the beauty and profundity of their experience into space, forever changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the universe.Back on Earth, many images released by NASA instantly became pop culture touchstones, leading to the birth of a global environmental consciousness. However the public was not fully aware of the wealth of the astronauts’ camera work as the unreleased photographs were accessible only to accredited researchers in the archives of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston. These rare pictures lay uncelebrated for decades, such as the first photograph of Earthrise, the only photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon and incredible panoramas taken by each of the 12 astronauts who walked on the Moon. The collection has been meticulously assembled over the course of 15 years by Victor Martin-Malburet and includes a corresponding catalogue which, thanks to the mission transcripts made available by NASA, retraces mankind’s first journey to another world step by step. Together the photographs and catalogue, capture the sights and conversations of these defining moments, allowing collectors to share the excitement and magic of space travel.Extraordinary photographs were taken for the first time, with highlights of auction including the first images of the Earth from space, alongside those of the lunar surface, the dark side of the Moon, spacewalks, moonwalks and the first space selfie. Further leading lots feature rare large format photographs specially produced by NASA for presentation and fascinating panoramic mosaics taken both in lunar orbit and on the lunar surface, which can be compared to the finest abstract art.

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Important Jewels Online

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 novembre 2020

LONDON: Christie’s Important Jewels online auction from 4 to 18 November presents a diverse array of jewels dating from the late eighteenth century through to present day, from a group of Victorian insect brooches, opulent Belle Epoque and Art Deco jewels, bold yellow gold gem-set and enamel designs from the 1960s to 1980s, and a wide selection of signed contemporary pieces by the world’s most renowned jewellery houses including Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff and Tiffany & Co. A highlight of the sale is a bracelet, formerly in the collection of the late Dame Vera Lynn, which will be sold to benefit The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.Leading lots of the sale include an elegant Edwardian garland design tiara (estimate £45,000-65,000), an impressive Art Deco diamond and ruby cabochon strap bracelet by Drayson (estimate £40,000-60,000), a rare antique foil-backed diamond collar necklace with a detachable cluster pendant (estimate £100,000-150,000), and a limited edition diamond ‘Crash’ bracelet watch by Cartier (estimate £40,000-60,000). A beautiful cultured pearl, diamond and enamel bracelet, formerly the property of the late Dame Vera Lynn (estimate £8,000-12,000), will be sold to benefit The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity Set up by Dame Vera in 2001, the charity has helped more than 600 families who have children affected by cerebral palsy. Known as Britain’s wartime Forces’ Sweetheart, the singer was a symbol of hope and fortitude right up until her recent death aged 103. The bracelet features an enamel plaque depicting the iconic image of blue birds flying over the White Cliffs of Dover in reference to Dame Vera’s great wartime hit record. This special and highly personal bracelet was made in 2007 by the Queen’s Jeweller Harry Collins to mark Dame Vera’s 90th birthday.Bidding will open on 4 November and will begin closing lot by lot on 18 November.

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A Townhouse in Seville 8 – 29 October 2020 Online

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 ottobre 2020

Seville. Christie’s London – Announces the sale of a single-owner collection ‘A Townhouse in Seville’, comprising a selection of works from a beautiful property in the heart of Seville, Andalusia, southern Spain. The sale comprises 54 lots and represents a small part of a larger private collection, which was formed over the course of 40 years with a traditional, yet eclectic eye by its owners. Their own flair and iconic personal style is reflected in the fantastical, yet rich and elegant interiors which together they installed in this historic property. The works of art collected by these two connoisseurs are predominantly classical in flavour – the strong themes of Catholicism sat happily alongside Roman antiquities and paintings of mythological subjects – and in their choice of gilded finishes, rich furnishings and luxurious fabrics they paid homage to their Spanish heritage, all of which collectively reflects the deeply personal nature of their collection. Pilar González de Gregorio, Chairman, Christie’s Spain comments, ‘A Townhouse in Seville is the home of two born-and-bred Andalusians from Seville, who left for the big city at a very young age, where they would fulfil not only their dreams but those of many others. Together, they bore witness to the soul, the grace, the cheerfulness and the essence of the Andalusian women, the passionate celebration of ages-old traditions, the burst of spring, summer’s freedom, most secretive autumns and winters behind closed doors. The fields, the warmth of braziers, the magnificent countryside and the Easter pageants all served as inspiration in their creations and their collecting. Their identity is marked by an elegance with bold colour and big displays, fantasy and the enjoyment of works of art in legendary environments. The essence of Cervantes, a love for Venice and an everlasting popular craft with Arabic overtones. Essential Sevillians”. Amelia Walker, Director & Head of the Private & Iconic Collections, Christie’s London comments: ‘It is an honour to present works of art from this distinguished Spanish collection, which encompasses paintings, furniture, sculpture and objects spanning two millennia and originating from all over the world, reflecting the wide ranging and discerning taste of these two collectors. The interior photographs capture their brilliance in displaying so many diverse works of art together to form a unique series of unforgettable rooms in the magical heart of Seville’.

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Christie’s, WHO Foundation and UN75 announce Global Art Initiative to support COVID-19 Response

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 ottobre 2020

New York, NY. COVID-19 has revealed that a virus can affect not only our physical health but also our ability to cope with the psychological impact in its wake. The cultural community is often among the first to support in solidarity and compassion, standing together against common existential threats. In that spirit, The Future is Unwritten’s Healing Arts Auction series is today unveiled by Christie’s, the WHO Foundation and UN75, a cultural call-to-action to support a global COVID-19 response through the arts.The Healing Arts Auctions in collaboration with Christie’s will run over the course of a year, with works to be offered in a number of sales across a wide range of genres. The first work to come under the hammer will be Magnetism (2012, estimate: £80,000 – £120,000) by Ahmed Mater, appearing in the November Middle East Contemporary Art Sale in London. One of his most important pieces to date, Mater fuses art, science and the concept of identity and religion, creating one of the 21st Century’s most iconic cultural images from the Islamic world. The central focus of the piece is a cuboid magnet that resembles the black draped Kaʿbah, the central element of the Meccan rites, considered by Muslims everywhere to be the most sacred place on Earth. Around the cube are spiral patterns made of tens of thousands of particles of iron evoking the Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, that include a series of rituals like walking counter-clockwise seven times around the House of God. Mater’s counterpoint of square and circle, whirl and cube, of black and white, light and dark, places the primal elements of form and tone in dynamic equipoise. The overall aim of the artist is simple, but enchantingly alluring. Given, during COVID-19, Mecca was seen mostly empty for the first time in its history, this work is well positioned to launch the Healing Arts Auction series. Detail of lots from other categories will be announced in the coming months.As part of The Future is Unwritten’s initiative to engage the international art world in UN priority areas, and World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Series of Events, the auction series aims to increase awareness around a global path to recovery and raise critical funds to mobilize artists and health professionals in support of communities most vulnerable, at-risk and with the weakest health systems to act effectively in response to the pandemic.Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, comments: “This initiative represents a unique opportunity for the art world to step up to this global challenge and support communities on the front line of the pandemic, ensuring everyone, everywhere has the tools they need to overcome it.”All proceeds from this initiative will benefit the WHO Foundation, supporting the urgently needed mental health response to the pandemic through the applied use of arts in health-giving and recovery; and The Future is Unwritten’s Artist Response Fund, supporting artist-led projects that directly facilitate community healing and healthcare messaging in the aftermath of the pandemic. In addition to the auction series there is a program of educational events covering urgent thematic areas from emergency response, to mental health, to the health effects of the environmental crisis, to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage, each through the lens of the supportive power of the arts. Christopher Bailey, WHO Arts & Health Lead, adds: “Art has a unique ability to help us comfort, confront, contextualize and create community. And when embracing science and evidence as a bedrock, art and culture can help us imagine a better way forward to a positive future.”Artist-led projects being supported include an urgent public-health campaign in Yemen; The Painted Desert project by artist-physician Dr. Chip Thomas addressing the nutrition crisis among the Navajo Nation in Arizona (Navajo deaths from COVID-19 were among the highest per capita in the US); a cultural preservation project with Yazidi communities on the Iraqi-Syrian border following the ISIS genocide in 2014; a public health data campaign by Mona Chalabi in New York City; and community rebuilding projects in Beirut, Khartoum and failing small town main streets across the United States.Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary commented: “Arts are socially influential and help us better understand the world and one another. It is imperative for the United Nations to engage with the arts and include cultural voices in its global policy discussions at this time.” Dirk Boll, President of Christie’s Europe, Middle East and Africa, remarks: “Christie’s is honoured to be working with the WHO Foundation and UN75, offering a platform for artists and works in the coming year, to assist individuals and communities. We’re also very pleased to present the work of Ahmed Mater as the debut lot in our year-long auction collaboration, today one of the most celebrated artists from Saudi Arabia, as well as a doctor and an individual who is very active in promoting the different artistic strengths of his region, dedicated to making culture accessible to as many as possible.”

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Peter Doig’s Boiler House to Highlight the London Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 settembre 2020

London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 22 October 2020 will be highlighted by Peter Doig’s iconic Boiler House (1993, estimate in the region of £13 million), a masterwork from his seminal series of Concrete Cabins. During the 1990s, the artist painted nine large-scale depictions of Le Corbusier’s abandoned Unité d’Habitation at Briey-en-Forêt in Northern France, giving rise to his largest and most distinctive thematic cycle. Boiler House stands alone within the series, capturing the building that Le Corbusier designed to house the Unité’s coal boiler. Included in Doig’s landmark 2008 retrospective at Tate Britain, it is a triumph of painterly bravura and psychological tension. The building’s angular geometries loom large within the thicket, yet Doig’s kaleidoscopic surface causes it to shift in and out of focus, approximating the abstract sensation of looking back through time. Laced with art historical resonance – from Cézanne, Bonnard and Munch to Mondrian and Richter – it celebrates the theme of memory that lies at the heart of Doig‘s oeuvre. Boiler House will be on view at Rockefeller Center in New York from 1 to 5 October before being exhibited in the King Street galleries in London from 9 October, during London’s Frieze Week and will be on display until the livestreamed events held in London and Paris on 22 October.
Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe: “Peter Doig’s magnificent Boiler House is a seminal painting from 1993 from the series recognised to be central to his oeuvre. The painting is charged with a psychological energy that offers the viewer an encounter with a scene as if chancing upon another person in the wilderness. Unlike the other works from the series, Boiler House depicts the boiler house buried in the forest outside the main complex of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation. It is an image that speaks to notions of memory and displacement, complex ideas that Doig has explored throughout his career. Christie’s is delighted to offer Boiler House as the anchor of our Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 22 October. Following the success of ONE, our global relay auction held in July, we will present a sequential sale series in London and Paris, bringing together the collecting communities of these vibrant and dynamic cities.”

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Christie’s and Maggie’s Announce Partnership for Online Charity Auction

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

London – Christie’s is partnering with cancer charity, Maggie’s to present a selection of artworks that have been donated by 48 leading international artists, designers and architects. Maggie’s provides free practical and emotional support to people with cancer as well as their family and friends in centres across the UK as well as by phone, email and online.The online-only auction will take place from 15-23 July 2020 with proceeds being used for essential funding that will allow Maggie’s to continue its vital work. It will include pieces that have been donated to the charity by Frank Auerbach, David Bailey, Christopher Le Brun, Sonia Boyce, Lucian Freud Estate, Antony Gormley, Lubaina Himid, Michael Craig-Martin, Julian Opie, Bridget Riley, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mario Testino, Edmund de Waal, and Mark Wallinger, amongst others. The auction will also include donations from Maggie’s international network of architects and designers including Jamie Fobert, Lord Norman Foster, the late Dame Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick and Daniel Libeskind.As chair of the Maggie’s Art Auction, Katy Wellesley Wesley has worked closely with Sandy Nairne, former Director at the National Portrait Gallery and Chair of Maggie’s Art Group, to bring together this group of artworks.Sandy Nairne commented: “These donated works are a magnificent response from artists, designers and architects to the vital needs of Maggie’s in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. High quality architecture and art are at the heart of all the Maggie’s centres, earning them an international reputation as special and much-needed places for those with cancer. The beautiful works generously donated to the auction represent the light and warmth of the centres and a determination to ensure they can serve everyone who needs them. I am delighted to have worked alongside Maggie’s to invite artists to be part of this special Christie’s auction.”Laura Lee, Chief Executive, Maggie’s, said: “We know the last few months have been incredibly traumatic for people living with cancer and delays and uncertainty over treatment has contributed to a huge rise in fear, stress and anxiety. We have been supporting people over the phone, email and on our online community throughout the crisis and our centres are open for people visiting hospitals or by appointment. We have taken over 34,000 requests for support over the lockdown period but now the knock-on effects of the coronavirus on cancer treatment, and the emotional and psychological needs of those living with cancer, looks set to last for a long time. We are anticipating a spike in the coming months in people coming to our centres in need of our support. All of our services have always been and will continue to be free, however like many charities we are feeling the financial impact of coronavirus. The artists, architects and designers who have donated works will allow us to raise essential funds to continue our vital work and we are heartened by their generosity. We believe everyone should have access to professional psychological and emotional support to help them live well with cancer. For anyone living with cancer, we are here with you.” Katharine Arnold, Co-Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art Europe: “Christie’s is honoured to be partnering with Maggie’s, an organisation whose vital activities support those suffering with cancer at a time when it is most needed. The charity has long believed in the potential of art, architecture and design to create a refuge for patients and their families. It is a powerful statement of support that so many great artists have acted generously in donating to this auction. We look forward to showcasing these artworks to a global audience to help Maggie’s achieve much-needed funding.”

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Christie’s Presents Eureka! Online Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2020

London – Open for bidding from today until 16 July, Eureka! is a journey through the scientific and technological breakthroughs that have formed the modern world, and the brilliant minds that lay behind them. From Thomas Edison’s pioneering design for the lightbulb to Crick and Watson’s celebrated discovery of the structure of DNA, from a Second World War Enigma Machine to the invention of in vitro fertilisation, from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, this online auction provides collectors with an opportunity to acquire a slice of history that has shaped the world we live in. Sophie Hopkins, Christie’s Specialist in Manuscripts and Archives, London, comments, “The Christie’s Books & Manuscripts department has hit upon a winning formula with our online science sales, which routinely attract hundreds of buyers and bidders from across the globe – many of them new to the auction world and to book collecting – all drawn by a carefully curated selection of autograph material, printed books, photographs and association objects from the most brilliant scientific minds of the modern age. For this sixth iteration in our hugely successful series, we are delighted to offer rare items from revolutionary thinkers of the 20th century – from Albert Einstein to Richard Feynman and another engaging tranche of material from the personal collection of Professor Stephen Hawking, this sale is a rare opportunity to acquire a range of unique items chronicling brilliant minds’ lives and their visionary work.”

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