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The Jeremy Lancaster Collection to Highlight Christie’s Frieze Week

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 31 luglio 2019

London – Christie’s Frieze Week programme will be launched with a dedicated auction of the remarkable private collection of Jeremy Lancaster on 1 October 2019. A chorus of vivid colour, radical form and brilliant innovation, the collection showcases some of the greatest achievements in post-war British painting, complemented by a stellar selection of European and American works. Many of the works were acquired through the gallery of Leslie Waddington, and a number have passed through notable collections such as Herbert Read, E. J. Power and Charles Saatchi. Such distinguished provenance is testament not only to a shared championship of the post-war British art scene, but also to the exchange with the European and American avant-gardes in which Waddington and his clients played such a vital role. Several of the works have been on long-term loan to museum collections and Jeremy Lancaster was a trustee at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery of contemporary art and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. A frequent traveller with a keen appetite for art and knowledge, Jeremy Lancaster was in part influenced by the seminal exhibition ‘A New Spirit in Painting’. Undoubtedly a profound moment in the landscape of contemporary art it was staged by London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1981. The direction of his collecting taste follows a similar dedication to transatlantic discourse in paintings from Frank Auerbach and Howard Hodgkin to Philip Guston, Robert Ryman and Josef Albers.At the heart of The Jeremy Lancaster Collection is a group of paintings by Howard Hodgkin, ranging from the early figurative composition Tea Party in America (1948, estimate: £50,000-70,000), influenced by the artist’s close friendship with Patrick Caulfield, to the distilled, concentrated beauty of mature works like Bombay Sunset (1972-73, estimate: £500,000-700,000), Lawson, Underwood & Sleep (1977-80, estimate: £400,000-600,000) and Flowerpiece (2004-05, estimate: £400,000-600,000). He also acquired two paintings by Frank Auerbach, created 12 years apart but both depicting his lover Stella West, Head of E. O. W. (1955, estimate: £800,000-1,200,000) and Head of E. O. W. I (1967, estimate: £300,000-500,000). Two iconic paintings by Philip Guston are a highlight of the collection, including the large-scale Language I (1973, estimate: £1,500,000-2,000,000), in which individual objects – bricks, hobnailed boots, easel, sun – are presented like a hieroglyphic code to be deciphered. Robert Ryman, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj are further artists from ‘A New Spirit in Painting’ that are represented in the collection.As Bridget Riley celebrates a major retrospective at The Hayward Gallery this October, another highlight of the Jeremy Lancaster Collection is the majestic ‘curve painting’, Orphean Elegy 7 (1979, estimate: £1,500,000-2,000,000). The work demonstrates the power which Britain’s greatest living abstract artist conjures from her analytical approach to colour.

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Classic Week Evening Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 luglio 2019

London – The wealth of works offered across Christie’s three Classic Week Evening sales – Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection, The Exceptional Sale and the Old Masters Evening Sale – have realised a combined total of £48,314,125 / $60,730,855 / €53,773,621. Welcoming registered bidders from 40 countries across 5 continents, the top lots of the evening were An Egyptian Brown Quartzite Head of The God Amen and David Teniers’ The Ham Dinner which set a new world record price for the artist at auction, each work sold for £4,746,250. Bringing the running total for Classic Week sales to date to £56,508,750 / $71,043,549 / €62,899,541, the auctions continue until 11 July, with estimates from £800 to £4 million, the sales present rare opportunities for new and established collectors across price levels.

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Classic Week Overview: London, July 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 giugno 2019

London Christie’s Classic Week sales in July present a treasure trove of opportunities to discover timeless works. Art from antiquity to the 20th century will be offered across 15 sales, ranging from remarkable and rare objects to the most exceptional Old Master paintings. Star lots this season include an Egyptian head of the god Amen with the features of Tutankhamen, Old Master paintings by Hans Memling and Bernardo Bellotto, European furniture from a Rothschild collection and one of the most important biblical manuscripts ever offered for sale. With estimates starting from £800 to £4 million, the sales present rare opportunities for new and established collectors across price levels. The pre-sale exhibition will be open to the public for collectors and enthusiasts alike to explore from 29 June to 10 July.

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20th Century at Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 giugno 2019

Nicholas Orchard, Head of Modern British Art, Christie’s London and Will Porter, Head of Sale: “Launching ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, the Modern British Art Evening Sale totalled £17,477,500 / $21,986,695 / €19,592,278, with sell-through rates of 89% by value and 77% by lot. Registered bidders from 16 countries across 4 continents emphasises the global appeal for fresh to market works by artists that defined and shaped the development of art in Britain during the 20th century. The sale was led by Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man (Figure 8, The Bride), realising £3,838,250, while Elisabeth Frink’s Running Man (Front Runner) sold for a record price of £1,091,250. We witnessed great interest throughout the evening with Henry Moore’s Working Model for Oval with Points achieving £2,051,250. Barbara Hepworth’s Oval Sculpture drew lively bidding, to more than double its estimate (£1,451,250). Breton Boy in Profile by Roderic O’Conor from the Drue Heinz Collection realised £419,250, more than three times the estimate. ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ continues with the Modern British Art Day Sale on 18 June.”

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Luxury Week London

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 maggio 2019

London Christie’s London Luxury Week auctions from 5 to 12 June will present collectors with the very best in wines and spirits, extraordinary jewels from the leading jewellery houses and exceptional handbags from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Comprising four remarkable auctions, highlights of the week include a superb single-owner collection of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines, champagnes from the region’s leading producers, a suite of Himalaya Birkin and Vert Celadon Kelly, and rare antique and modern jewels. The week will conclude with the online sale of important Kashmir Shawls, open for bidding from 11 to 18 June. Perhaps the most significant collection of shawls ever to be offered at auction, these hand-woven, decorated Kashmir shawls date from the 17th to the late 19th century.
On the 5 and 6 June, Christie’s Luxury Week in London will open with a two-part auction of Finest & Rarest Wines. The first day will offer a single-owner collection of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines with impeccable provenance. Highlights include a case of Le Pin 1990 (estimate: £30,000-£40,000), a case of Petrus 1989 (estimate: £30,000-£40,000) and a six-bottle case of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, La Tache 1990 (estimate: £26,000-£32,000).The second day will feature a significant offering of excellent vintage Bordeaux, alongside rare spirits including whiskies from great distilleries such as the Macallan 48 Year Old The Savoy 125th Anniversary (estimate: £40,000-60,000). The sale will also present two extraordinary 17th century bottles, the oldest Christie’s have ever brought to market. At a depth of 40 metres, divers discovered a decayed wreck and buried, deep in the mud in an old rattan basket, were 14 ancient bottles. One bottle broke in the recovery and one bottle was opened and tested. The laboratory results revealed it had been a powerful red wine, believed to have been bottled between 1670 and 1690.
The auction will offer fantastic champagnes direct from the cellars of four of the region’s finest producers; Henri Giraud, Bruno Paillard, Philipponnat and Jacques Selosse. Highlights include prestige cuvée Fût de Chêne Grand Cru from Henri Giraud and Bruno Paillard’s NPU, exceedingly rare Philipponnat’s Clos des Goisses from 1951, and Jacques Selosse from 1976. These rare and exciting cuvées will celebrate the release of a comprehensive map of Champagne and its vineyards from The Original Map Co and David Eley.

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Sculpture in the Square on view in St James’s Square

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 maggio 2019

London – Christie’s will present the third iteration of Sculpture in the Square, an outdoor sculpture garden set within St James’s Square, London, on view to the public from 15 May to 17 June 2019. The exhibition will display nine works that will be offered in the Modern British Art Evening Sale as part of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, a series of sales that take place from 17 to 26 June 2019. Artists include Barry Flanagan, Henry Moore, Dame Elisabeth Frink and Emily Young. Presented in St James’s Square adjacent to Christie’s headquarters on King Street, Sculpture in the Square will coincide with the opening of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from 21 to 25 May 2019.
Exhibition curator Pippa Jacomb, Director, Modern British Art at Christie’s: “Sculpture has always played an integral part in reflecting the interior space externally. ‘Sculpture in the Square’ will give viewers the opportunity to interact with works by leading artists such as Henry Moore, Emily Young, Barry Flanagan and Elisabeth Frink in the context in which the artists originally envisaged them. The 20th Century season at Christie’s is an exciting time to be in London, and we are thrilled that these highlights from the Modern British Art Evening sale will be on view in St James’s Square for the public to enjoy.”

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The First Apple Computer Leads On the Shoulders of Giants: Making the Modern World

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 maggio 2019

Christie’s is honoured to present collectors the opportunity to acquire a rare Apple-1 computer, the first personal computer ever made, during its online auction On the Shoulders of Giants: Making the Modern World, open for bidding between 16 and 24 May 2019. Produced in 1976 and still in working condition, this legendary item is known to have launched Apple Computer, the perennially pioneering company that defined and redefined its industry while changing the lives of its millions of customers. Number 10 on the online Apple-1 Registry and accompanied by a group of Apple related artefacts, including the first manual ever issued, the lot is estimated between £300,000 – £500,000 (illustrated above). Fifteen examples are extant in public collections, including in the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and in twelve other museums of technology or science worldwide. A recent example at auction includes one sold in First Bytes, a Christie’s online sale ($387,750; 24 June – 9 July 2013) – the present lot continues Christie’s history of offering the most significant historical lots to an international audience online. Destined to appeal to distinguished collectors and technology enthusiasts, this is an opportunity to collect what is perhaps one of the most pioneering digital innovations of our time.Following the remarkable results achieved in December 2018, when the inaugural auction On the Shoulders of Giants realised £1,824,375, largely thanks to a collection from the estate of Stephen Hawking which was 100% sold, we are pleased to present part II of this sale concept. On the Shoulders of Giants: Making the Modern World pays tribute to the brilliant minds whose discoveries have shaped our understanding of the universe and revolutionised our world. The sale is inspired by Isaac Newton’s famous reflection, that ‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants’. Through letters, manuscripts, printed editions, it traces a path from Newton and Charles Darwin to some of the great 20th century theoretical physicists, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman and Stephen Hawking. The sale also has a special emphasis on the history of computing, from the ‘Analytical Machine’ of Charles Babbage via the crucial theoretical insights of Alan Turing and culminating in the Apple 1 computer.

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Mrs Thatcher Part III, Online at Christie’s in May

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

London – Christie’s will offer Mrs Thatcher, Part III, an online sale which will be open for bidding between 2 and 9 May 2019. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s historic election as the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister (1979-1990), this constitutes the third and final part in a trilogy of auctions held as part of the arrangements following the death of Mrs Thatcher in 2013. Comprising 170 lots, spanning items relating to Mrs Thatcher’s time in office, personal possessions, her ‘uniform’ jewellery, clothes and handbags, estimates range from £100 to £15,000. The sale is now available to view online in full: http://www.christies.com/mrsthatcher.
The sales began in 2015 when Part I and Part II attracted a global audience, selling 100% and totalling £4,516,038/ $6,831,487/ €6,189,443. Part III will provide further public and private insights into the trajectory of a political titan, presenting unique opportunities, across price levels, for collectors around the world to acquire property from the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century.Adrian Hume-Sayer, Director, Specialist, Private Collections: “The market’s response to the historic sales in 2015 – both the online sale and the traditional live auction – was remarkable, with the overall result for The Mrs Thatcher Collection Part I and II far exceeding pre-sale expectations. Clients from all over the world seized the opportunity to acquire items which gave insights into the life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, who was a political giant on the world stage. In May 2019, Christie’s third and final sale in this trilogy of auctions coincides with the 40th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher’s historic election, offering collectors, admirers and enthusiasts with one last chance to bid for a memento of ‘The Iron Lady’.”

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Christie’s Release: Thinking Italian Milan

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

Milan. Dedicated to offering the best of 20th century Italian art, Christie’s annual auction in Milan, now part of the Thinking Italian series aligned with our global Post-War and Contemporary sales, will take place on 3 and 4 of April. Highlighted by Lucio Fontana’s intense pink-red Concetto Spaziale, Attesa (illustrated above left, estimate: €800,000 – 1,200,000), the sale features historical works by major icons such as Gino Severini, Alberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni, through to a group of contemporary works led by Gino De Dominicis. The auction also includes a refined group of two still lifes and one landscape by Giorgio Morandi; a special selection from the series of “lattices” by Piero Dorazio; a collection of iconic 1960s works by Mario Schifano and an important group of paintings which trace the evolution of figurative art in Italy between the 1920s and the 1940s. A selection of highlights from Thinking Italian Milan will tour to the MAXXI Museum in Rome on 15 March, followed by Turin on 20 March, before the full sale exhibition in Milan from 29 March to 2 April 2019. The sale also includes a group of 9 works by post-war artists including Carla Accardi, Giulio Paolini and Piero Dorazio, the proceeds of which will benefit the Water Academy SRD, an international Research Center that seeks to raise awareness of issues relating to water, in line with the values of sustainable and responsible development, in order to promote a New Culture of Water.

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Christie’s Orientalist Art Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

London – Christie’s London will present a standalone auction of Orientalist Art on 29 April, 2019. Comprising approximately 30 works, the sale will be led by Gustav Bauernfeind’s (1848–1904) monumental painting Forecourt of the Ummayad Mosque, Damascus,1890, which is arguably this German Orientalist artist’s most sensational work depicting Damascus remaining in private hands (estimate on request: in the region of £3 million). With the only comparable work in a museum collection, this painting presents the last possible opportunity to acquire an undisputed masterpiece by Bauernfeind depicting one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Further leading highlights include French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme’s (1824–1904), Prayer in the Desert, one of his most compelling prayer paintings which was painted at the peak of his career (estimate on request: in the region of £800,000) and Rudolph Ernst’s Two warriors in the Alhambra palace, the Court of Lions in the background (estimate £400,000-600,000). All three works will tour to Dubai, where they will be on public view from 19 to 23 March, ahead of the pre-sale London exhibition opening on 26 April, alongside the pre-sale exhibition of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets.Arne Everwijn, Christie’s Senior Specialist European Art: “Following the tremendously successful curated sale European Art Part I in New York in October 2018, we are excited to reintroduce a dedicated sale of Orientalist Art. The standalone curated sale will offer the opportunity to give full and well deserved attention to this beloved collector’s field with its captivating depictions of the Middle East through the eyes of artists whose admiration, respect and fascination for other cultures was boundless.”

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Christie’s: The George Michael Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2019

London – Christie’s will present for auction the art collection of George Michael, British singer and songwriter, and icon of the imaginative spirit of the 1980s and 1990s. Proceeds from this sale will be used to continue George Michael’s philanthropic work.
One of the most influential and best-selling recording artists of all time, George Michael’s private art collection represents a dialogue with his own British contemporaries, artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn, who rose to prominence by challenging the status quo of the time, and together creating the Young British Art movement. Through visits to galleries and artists’ studios, he developed friendships with many of the YBA artists whose work he deeply admired. The collection represents George Michael’s dedication to cutting-edge creativity in every field and reflects his instinctive support of young emerging artistic talent.Wham! was the first major Western act to perform in China, playing two historic concerts in 1985. In 2019, Christie’s will pay tribute to the groundbreaking spirit of George Michael with an expansive global tour of the Collection including a stop in Shanghai, and concluding in London with the works appearing in a public view at Christie’s headquarters. The flagship auction will take place on 14 March, alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from 8-15 March, with estimates ranging from £400 – £1,500,000, offering fans and collectors alike a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a work owned by George Michael. Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s, commented: “We are delighted to be organising this major auction of The Collection of George Michael to allow his philanthropic work to continue. George Michael was a much-admired creative genius of the music industry and the viewing of over 200 works of art from the private collection will provide a fascinating insight into the broader tastes of a man who was deeply admired all over the world.” Key works of the sale will include Tracey Emin, Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul, 2002; Damien Hirst, The Incomplete Truth, 2006, Bridget Riley, Songbird (1982); and Michael Craig-Martin, Commissioned Portrait Untitled (George), 2007. Images below, left to right.
Cristian Albu, Co-Head Post-War & Contemporary of Christie’s, added: “We are honoured to have been entrusted with The George Michael Collection, which represents a unique opportunity for collectors, art lovers and experts, as well as for the legions of George Michael fans across the world. The collection is a celebration of the YBA movement’s spirit of creativity and adventure in the late 1990s, with works ranging from the poetry of Tracey Emin to the transcendence of death manifested by Damien Hirst, and reflects every aspect of this dynamic moment in British cultural history.”George Michael’s Trustees remarked: “The Art Collection of George Michael reflects the friendships built between one of the UK’s most acclaimed musical artists and the visual artists who were creating artworks at a seminal moment in British cultural history. Philanthropic work was hugely important for George during his lifetime and it was his wish that this work would continue after his passing.” Additional key works from The George Michael Collection will be unveiled during the global highlights tour, beginning in New York from 8-11 February. The tour will continue to Los Angeles where works will be on view from 11-16 February, Hong Kong from 19-22 February, and Shanghai from 23-28 February. The complete collection will then be open to public view at Christie’s King Street, London from 9-14 March, with the sale taking place on the evening of 14 March.Comprising more than 200 lots across both the live auction and the online component, “The online sale will allow fans and collectors alike to participate globally, with estimates starting from as little as £400,” said Paola Saracino Fendi, Specialist, Post-War & Contemporary of Christie’s.

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Christie’s The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2019

London – Launching 20th Century at Christie’s on 27 February 2019, The Art of the Surreal sale will follow the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale. This year’s 18th edition of Christie’s annual The Art of the Surreal auction includes Surrealist works spanning from 1890 to 1974, with 34 lots by 16 artists. The sale includes seven works by René Magritte, led by Le lieu commun (1964, Estimate on Request), one of the finest and largest examples of his iconic bowler-hatted men. Never-before seen at auction, the work offers a unique view of the wandering figure both full-face and hidden behind a column in an ambiguous landscape of either impossible or multiple reality. Six works by Max Ernst and four by Joan Miró are also offered, alongside a rare discovery by Salvador Dalí, one of the experimental works of Joan Miró’s ‘dream’ paintings, and a rediscovered, large and enigmatic work by Oscar Domínguez, unseen in public since its creation in 1934. The works from the sale will be exhibited in London from 21 to 27 February 2019, with 20th Century at Christie’s continuing until 7 March.Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s: “The 18th edition of our annual themed sale promises to be exciting, with newly discovered paintings by Dali and Dominguez, as well as Magritte’s masterpiece Le lieu commun. It’s an honour to present this work at auction for the first time. It is the most important and iconic representation of Magritte’s bowler-hatted man to be auctioned since the sale of Le fils de l’homme in 1998, which reached a phenomenal price at Christie’s New York. Formerly in the collection of Gustave Nellens, who received it from the artist, Le lieu commun is one of the eight largest paintings Magritte did in this hyper-realistic style of the bowler-hatted man, four of which are now in museums.”

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Impressionist & Modern Art Catalogues Now Live

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 febbraio 2019

London – Christie’s 20th Century Season will launch on 27 February with Hidden Treasures: Impressionist & Modern Masterpieces from An Important Private Collection, a prestigious collection of 23 seminal works by the leading Impressionist and Modern artists. Hidden Treasures will be led by Claude Monet’s Saule pleureur et bassin aux nymphéas (1916-19, Estimate on Request, illustrated above, left). Further highlights include Paul Cézanne’s Nature morte de pêches et poires (1885-87, Estimate on Request, illustrated above, centre) and Vincent van Gogh’s historically important Antwerp period portrait Portrait de femme: buste, profil gauche (1885, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000), one of only two works painted in Antwerp specifically mentioned in correspondence with his brother Theo. The collection precedes the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 27 February 2019. The series of 20th Century auctions will take place from 21 February to 7 March 2019.The Evening Sale will be led by a group titled An Adventurous Spirit: An Important Private Collection Sold to Benefit a Charitable Foundation. The group consists of six paintings of rare importance and quality by Paul Signac, Gustave Caillebotte, Félix Vallotton, Édouard Vuillard and Giovanni Boldini. Further highlights include Claude Monet’s Au bord du fjord de Christiania (1895, estimate: £4,500,000-6,500,000), Deux figures au tronc d’arbre jaune by Le Corbusier (1937, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000), Edgar Degas’s Danseuses dans une salle d’exercice (Trois Danseuses) (1873, estimate: £800,000-1,200,000), Pablo Picasso’s Nature morte au crâne de taureau (1942, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000) and Alexej von Jawlensky’s boldly coloured Blaue Schürze (1909, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000).The Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper and Day sales will follow on 28 February. These are complemented by the biannual online-only sale dedicated to Picasso Ceramics, which is open for bidding from 22 February to 2 March 2018. Estimates begin at £600, offering works by the artists that shaped the history of art during the 20th century to collectors of every level.

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Christie’s Launches Two Extraordinary Exhibitions of Western Art in Hong Kong

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 novembre 2018

Hong Kong’s First-Ever Solo Exhibition on Vincent van Gogh Eye of the Genius Exhibition Opens to Public from 23 – 28 November at the HKCEC.
Christie’s is proud to host Hong Kong’s first-ever solo exhibition on Vincent van Gogh, one of the greatest artists of all time whose creative expressions profoundly influenced subsequent generations across cultures and genres. Entitled Eye of the Genius, the exhibition will showcase seven exclusive works by van Gogh, all painted in the last five years of his life. Van Gogh’s artistic genius was marked by the intensity of his vision, his wonderful sense of colour and his extraordinarily innovative and bold style, which together have become the inspiration of many pop-culture phenomena to this day. Though van Gogh’s painting career was cut short with his untimely death, he filled the final decade of his life with unique masterpieces that would be an enduring source of inspiration, heralding the development of Fauvism, Expressionism and Modernism schools of the 20th Century.
Rebecca Wei, President, Christie’s Asia: “Christie’s Asia is honoured to host the first ever solo exhibition of this celebrated artist by collaborating with private collectors in the region who have generously loaned Van Gogh’s masterpieces to give art lovers in Hong Kong a glimpse of his genius.”

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Annabel’s Auction Realised £4,099,250 / $5,259,338 / €4,587,061

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 novembre 2018

London The much-anticipated landmark sale celebrating Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· on 20 November 2018 realised £4,099,250 / $5,259,338 / €4,587,061, selling 100% by lot and 100% by value. Having attracted over 2,000 visitors to the in-situ pre-sale exhibition at the old Annabel’s, the auction welcomed registered bidders from 40 countries across 5 continents. The proceeds from two of the lots, by Christian Voigt and Richard Young which sold for a combined total of £33,125/ $42,503/ €37,067, will go to The Children’s Charity for The Good of All Children. Comprising 264 lots, the auction drew international interest, sparking competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and online, with over 50% of the lots sold on or directly underbid via Christie’s LiveTM. Seven artist records were set for Glyn Warren Philpot, R.A., Henry Mayo Bateman, Richard Young, Andreas Farcas, A. Duncan Carse, John Stanton Ward, R.A., and John Thomas Young Gilroy.Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman: “This sale has captured the hearts and imaginations of many across generations. The stellar result of the auction is a testament to Annabel’s global reputation as one of the most elegant and glamorous Clubs in the world – as well as to the enduring influence of the eye of founder Mark Birley. We saw competitive bidding across the whole sale, with particularly notable prices realised for one of Glyn Warren Philpot’s final portraits of Henry Thomas which sold for £368,750/ $473,106/ €412,631, becoming the top lot of the sale, and Sir Alfred James Munnings’s Study of a grey horse which fetched £242,750/ $311,448/ €271,637, selling for more than 16 times the low estimate. Having welcomed over 2,000 people to the pre-sale in-situ view at 44 Berkeley Square, it is wonderful that so many people engaged with this landmark sale, with some securing highly sought after keepsakes that they will treasure, ensuring that the legacy of the old Annabel’s lives on as the works of art and objects move in to the next chapters of their stories.”

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Magritte’s Masterpiece ‘Le Lieu Commun’ will lead Christie’s The Art of the Surreal Evening

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 novembre 2018

René Magritte.jpgLondon – René Magritte’s masterpiece Le Lieu Commun, 1964 (estimate: £15,000,000-25,000,000), one of the finest and largest examples of his iconic bowler-hatted men, will lead Christie’s The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale on 27 February 2019. Never before offered at auction, and poised to set a new world auction record for the artist, the work offers a unique vision of the wandering icon in that it offers a view of the figure both full-face and hidden behind a column in an ambiguous landscape of either impossible or multiple reality. The large scale (39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in. and 100 x 81 cm.) oil on canvas, signed ‘Magritte’ in the upper right corner, will be on view in New York from 4 to 11 November 2018 before touring to Hong Kong from 22 to 26 November 2018, Beijing 8 to 9 December 2018, Shanghai from 12 to 13 December 2018, Taipei from 15 to 16 January 2019, and LA from 31 January to 6 February 2019. The painting will be exhibited in London ahead of the auction from 22 to 27 February 2019.
Olivier Camu, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s: “In subject matter, rarity and scale, Le Lieu Commun is the most important painting by René Magritte to be offered at auction since 1999 when the painting Le Fils de L’Homme, created for Harry Troczyner, the great friend and patron of the artist, was sold for a then world record price. The everyman figure of the bowler-hatted man was used by Magritte as a pictorial cypher, moving between layers of reality. The present work is highly enigmatic and inventive. In Le Lieu Commun Magritte subverts the traditional genres of portrait and landscape painting and challenges our understanding of reality and representation; he plays with the viewer’s sense of what is real and what can be perceived. Uniquely we see this figure both in front of and behind the column so that he is at once revealed and obscured. We are thrilled to offer this as the leading work of our 18th edition of the dedicated The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale.” (photo: René Magritte)

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Annabel’s

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 ottobre 2018

London – Christie’s will hold a landmark auction celebrating Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· on 20 November 2018. The legendary destination of royalty, fashion icons, recording stars and Hollywood greats alike, from Kate Moss to Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, to Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio, among many others, Annabel’s was founded 55 years ago by Mark Birley; Richard Caring acquired the Birley Group – including Annabel’s – in 2007. The auction comprises over 250 lots, spanning Modern British, Old Master, 19th century and Victorian Paintings and Drawings; Political Cartoons; Prints; Vintage Posters; Furniture, Glassware, Silver and Lighting; as well as a complete Annabel’s table setting for eight (estimate: £1,000-1,500); the sale will also feature a small number of works from Harry’s Bar. Led by one of the final portraits of Henry Thomas by Glyn Philpot, R.A., 1937 (estimate: £80,000-120,000), estimates range from £50 to £120,000. Offering unprecedented access to the normally private world of Annabel’s, the pre-sale public view will take place in-situ at 44 Berkeley Square from 16 to the 20 November, with one catalogue admitting two visitors. The auction at Christie’s, King Street, will also be live streamed into the new club at 46 Berkeley Square.Among the rich array of evocative highlights offered from the old Annabel’s club, including ‘the red velvet corner sofa’ (estimate: £2,000-4,000) and the iconic Bodhisattva from The Buddha Room (estimate: £10,000-20,000), is Christian Voigt’s last picture of Annabel’s taken before the doors were closed (estimate: £5,000-8,000, illustrated above). The proceeds from this lot by Voigt, along with another lot comprising 10 framed prints by photographer Richard Young celebrating the many legendary Members and Friends who have gathered at Annabel’s over the years – including iconic images of Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson & Michael Caine, will go to The Children’s Charity For The Good Of All Children (estimate: £5,000-8,000).Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman: “Everyone has a story to tell about Annabel’s, the iconic and visionary London nightclub founded by Mark Birley over half a century ago. Emerging from the ashes of London’s post-war gloom, Annabel’s became synonymous with glamorous sophistication, epitomising the heady cocktail where ‘old’ and ‘new’ world’s collided. Witnessed by a cast of thousands who represent a veritable who’s who of London society since the ‘60s, Christie’s is incredibly excited to have been chosen to present the iconic backdrop of so many fabled evenings for sale at auction.The taste is uniquely Birley’s – caricatures by Bateman and sketches by Ward jostling with theatrical Jazz age posters by Colin and costume designs by Bakst from the Ballet Russes, whilst Modern British works by Philpot, Orpen and Munnings remind us all of the intellectual inheritance of his painter father Sir Oswald Birley. Each and every lot – from The Buddha Room’s Bodhisattva to the well-trodden dance floor and even the toast racks – is sure to evoke many memories and excite collectors internationally who want to celebrate the unique atmosphere, laughter and friendships that Annabel’s represents. We look forward to welcoming the public to the free pre-sale public exhibition in-situ at Annabel’s 44 Berkeley Square from 16 November, ahead of the sale on 20 November.” Richard Caring: ‘Since its ground-breaking opening 55 years ago, Annabel’s has earned a global reputation founded on luxury, style and unrivalled atmosphere making it one of the most elegant and glamorous Clubs in the world. Home to an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, known and loved as a landmark of opulence and revelry, it is my great privilege to offer Annabel’s Members and friends the chance to own a piece of its history as a permanent keepsake. It’s a celebration of the atmosphere, style and people who made Annabel’s the place to be, then and now. Annabel’s has always been an avid supporter of charitable causes and I am delighted that the proceeds of Christian Voigt’s iconic photograph of the Club, as well as Richard Young’s celebrity portraits taken at Annabel’s, will be sold to benefit The Children’s Charity For The Good Of All Children. As the greatest and most iconic nightclub in the world, I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to carry on its legacy.’

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Christie’s Auctions of Thinking Italian

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 settembre 2018

London – This October, Christie’s is delighted to present the second year of Thinking Italian, a sale concept that celebrates the eclecticism, rebellious iconoclasm, and sheer creativity of 20th Century Italian art and designers. From the pioneering Futurists, to the venerated godfathers of post-war Italian art, Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri, protagonists of Arte Povera, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alighiero Boetti, and designers Napoleone Martinuzzi and Carlo Mollino, Thinking Italian embodies the diversity of this epoch of extraordinary avant-garde creativity. Following the Thinking Italian auction on 4 October 2018, a select group of works will feature in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction on 5 October 2018. And, for the first time, we are happy to present a number of masterpieces of 20th Century Italian design in Thinking Italian: Design held on 17 October 2018, a selection of which will feature in the London Design Festival from 15-20 September. These three sales ensure that Christie’s is uniquely positioned to celebrate the sense of innovation, imagination and personality that defines Italian identity of the 20th Century. We are pleased to celebrate this diversity of creativity through a combined exhibition in King Street from 28 September, which is free and open to all.

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Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 settembre 2018

London – Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction will present work by some of the great artists of the 20th Century alongside those currently at the forefront of their artistic practice. The season will be led by Francis Bacon’s Figure in Movement (1972, estimate: £15,000,000-20,000,000), a seminal work which creates a vivid sense of the transition from life to death, and Gerhard Richter’s Schädel (Skull) (1983, estimate on request), unveiled for the first time in 30 years. Alongside these are masterpieces by American Contemporary artists Jeff Koons and Mark Grotjahn, as well as the finest examples of European Post-War Abstraction with works by Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Yves Klein, Jean Dubuffet and Pierre Soulages, and German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen and Sigmar Polke. Three works from the personal collection of Paul Maenz and 12 works by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud will be offered, the largest and most diverse selection of works ever offered at auction by the artists. The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction will be held on 4 October 2018 and is followed by the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction on 5 October 2018. All works will be exhibited at King Street from 28 September 2018.

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Christie’s: Gerhard Richter’s Schädel

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 settembre 2018

London – Gerhard Richter’s Schädel (Skull) (1983, estimate on request) will be unveiled at Christie’s Hong Kong for the first time in 30 years, in advance of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, and is one of the highlight works of Christie’s Frieze Week auction series. Last exhibited in January 1988 at the Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Schädel (Skull) is a masterpiece that stems from the height of his photo-painting practice. Executed in 1983, it is the first of the iconic series of only eight skull paintings created that year, of which four are now displayed in museum collections. The work will be on view from 4-7 September, Christie’s Hong Kong; 15-18 September, Christie’s Rockefeller Center, New York; and from 28 September 2018 at Christie’s King Street, London. The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction will take place on 4 October 2018. Francis Outred, Chairman and Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art EMERI: “Richter’s Schädel (Skull) stands among his most poignant, intimate and technically refined works. Its subject matter places it in conversation with the memento mori tradition that was cultivated by the Old Masters and extrapolated during the twentieth century by artists such as Picasso and Cézanne. The dialogue between painterly abstraction and photorealist representation had been simmering across separate strands of Richter’s practice for nearly two decades. Here, through a motif laden with historic, symbolic and metaphysical charge, the two poles are brought into resonant alignment. The painted surface, though no longer a portal to nature, takes on another kind of truth: it becomes a physical reality in its own right. In this haunting, timeless image of death, the purpose of painting is thus reborn. It is no longer simply a metaphor for the fleetingness of life, but for the evanescence of images, and the death of painting’s innocence. Last shown in 1988 at Galerie Fred Jahn, the reappearance of a major Richter work after 30 years is a significant moment, one that I am pleased we can coincide with Frieze Week this October.”

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