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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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Christie’s Classic Week sales in July

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 giugno 2018

London Christie’s Classic Week sales in July present a vibrant array works of art dating from antiquity to the 20th century. Spanning 14 auctions in total, remarkable lots with extraordinary provenance will be offered across mediums, periods and price points. Works range from a rich offering of paintings, drawings and watercolours across Old Masters, Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite, British Impressionist, 19th Century European and Orientalist Art, to important decorative arts including sculpture, furniture, portrait miniatures and gold boxes, to inspiring books, manuscripts, illustrations, prints, science and natural history. Highlights include a poignant work by Rubens, Thomas Chippendale furniture marking the 300th anniversary year of his birth, Pre-Raphaelite works, two bronzes from ‘the Court of the Sun King’ Louis XIV of France, illustrations by Quentin Blake and Ancient Greek pottery. Works will be on public view at Christie’s King Street from 30 June to 12 July.

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Thomas Chippendale 300 Years

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 maggio 2018

London On 5 July, Christie’s landmark sale Thomas Chippendale 300 Years will celebrate the genius of Chippendale’s designs and the perfection of his execution, in the 300th anniversary year of his birth. Taking place during Christie’s Classic Week, the dedicated London auction will present 22 lots with estimates ranging from £5,000 to £5 million. A selection of works will be on public view at Christie’s London headquarters until 25 May, with the full pre-sale exhibition opening from 30 June to 5 July. Collectively, the sale encompasses some of the grandest pieces of 18th century furniture ever created, including Sir Rowland Winn’s Commode (estimate: £3-5million) and The Dundas Sofas (each sofa with an estimate of £2-3million). Remembered as ‘The Shakespeare of English Furniture makers’, Chippendale was the master of many mediums. This is highlighted by the breadth of works being offered, including his game-changing book which made his name The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, first published in 1754, which astutely promoted his designs to the most affluent potential clients of the day (the expanded 1762 3rd edition, estimate: £5,000-8,000) alongside works executed in giltwood, mahogany, marquetry and lacquer.Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman and Co Chairman of Decorative Arts: “This auction will present arguably the greatest neo-classical masterpieces by Thomas Chippendale that will ever come to market, providing unique opportunities to buy the very best at comparatively accessible price levels. It will be a fitting celebration of Chippendale’s remarkable designs and craftsmanship and also Christie’s longstanding connections with him, dating back to when James Christie first opened his doors for business in 1766. Tradition has it that Chippendale designed Christie’s original rostrum for his friend James Christie, the model of which is still in use to this day in our salerooms around the globe. We look forward to welcoming connoisseurs, collectors, admirers and anyone who wants to learn more about Chippendale’s genius, building upon the momentum of the Chippendale exhibition in Leeds (9 Feb to 9 June).”Robert Copley, Christie’s International Head of Furniture: “Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is without question Britain’s greatest cabinet-maker. He excelled in every style and medium he worked in, from the whimsical rococo and the fashion for all things Chinese in his early career, to the neo-classical with its straight lines derived from the ancient world. His reputation spread far beyond the shores of his homeland, and his genius is reflected in the number of beautifully designed and executed pieces of furniture that survive in excellent condition nearly 250 years after his death, a remarkable selection of which we are proud to be bringing to the market in this sale.”

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Claude Monet’s Gare Saint-Lazare to Lead Impressionist and Modern Art

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 maggio 2018

London – Claude Monet’s iconic La Gare Saint-Lazare, Vue extérieure of 1877, will lead Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 20 June 2018. This magnificent painting, executed in 1877 as part of Monet’s celebrated ‘Gare Saint-Lazare’ series will be offered for sale from ‘The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass’ (Estimate on Request). Works from this esteemed collection were sold in New York in November 2017 where a highlight was Vincent van Gogh’s Laboureur dans un champ, which sold for $81,312,500, the second highest price achieved for a work by the artist at auction.The present work, La Gare Saint-Lazare, Vue extérieure, belongs to a series of 12 canvases painted in 1877 depicting the busy railway station which had been modernised and extended in the late 1860s. By 1870 the Gare Saint-Lazare was handling over 13 million passengers a year and had become a major transit point for the vibrant city. The modern age of steam trains, iron railway bridges and extensive public transport was perfectly captured in this remarkable series of Monet’s steam-filled, atmospheric impressionist masterpieces. Gare Saint-Lazare paintings are frequently shown in major retrospectives, are much reproduced, and are included in the permanent collection of many of the most celebrated museums in the world. Of the 12 Monet painted in 1877, three still remain in private hands and nine are in public institutions. These include: The Fogg Art Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; The National Gallery, London; The Musée Marmattan, Paris; and The Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Two of these museum works are currently included in London’s National Gallery exhibition Monet & Architecture, a pioneering show that examines Monet’s career through the lens of the architecture that he painted. La Gare Saint-Lazare, Vue extérieure was recently on loan to the Kimbel Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Best Of Italian 20th Century Art

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 marzo 2018

Milano – In 2018 Christie’s Italy celebrates its 60th anniversary, since the auction house opened its first ever representative office outside the UK in Rome in 1968. After 5 years of very successful Milan Modern and Contemporary auctions with average sell-through rates of 93% by lot, Christie’s will offer the 6th edition of this curated sale on 11 April at Palazzo Clerici with preview exhibitions starting from 23 March in Rome, Turin and Milan.Reflecting a growing global appetite for the best of Italian post-war and contemporary art, Christie’s Milan auctions have seen an increase of international participation over the years with registrants coming from 17 countries, including from Europe, Middle East, UK, Asia, North and South America.“The April 2018 auction will offer a very tailor-made approach to satisfy the needs of our national and growing international collector group. All 57 lots are being sourced privately and many have never or not appeared at auction for decades. This year we have integrated a new section dedicated to the figurative artists, which is been celebrated with the current exhibition Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943 at the Fondazione Prada until 28 June. We are again pleased to present such a great variety of 20th century Italian art movements in Milan, as this city continues to be a key location to buy the very best of Italian Art,” commented Renato Pennisi, Director and Senior Specialist, Head of Sale, Christie’s Italy. “To mark the 60th anniversary of Christie’s Italy, we are pleased to present an attentively curated auction, offering a complete overview of Italy’s most sought-after artistic developments of the 20th century. Christie’s role in promoting Italian art on the international scene has been rewarded by exceptional sale results registered not only in Milan but across all our locations, with London and New York in first place. The highlight of the auction on 11 April in Milan is without doubt the fine art collection initiated in the 1960s by Sergio Tomasinelli, enlightened connoisseur and prime example of Italian collecting,” continued Mariolina Bassetti, Chairwoman Christie’s Italy.

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Christie’s Leads 20th Century Art Market with Sales in London

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 marzo 2018

London – ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ concluded in London on 8 March, with a combined total across five sale platforms of Impressionist and Modern, Surreal and Post-War and Contemporary Art, reaching £341.6 million / $474.5 million / €384.2 million. These results confirmed Christie’s leadership in the 20th Century art market, and were a 24% increase on the equivalent season last year. A passion for collecting and exceptional quality underpinned the private collections offered throughout ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ this season: ‘The Eye of the Architect’, ‘The Collection of Antoni Tàpies’, ‘Abstraction Beyond Borders’, ‘The Triton Collection Foundation’, ‘Property from the Collection of Wilhelm Reinold’ and ‘A Private European Collection: Fontana, Burri, Schütte, Flavin, Kiefer and Richter’. The success they achieved throughout the auction series gives rise to the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, the most significant philanthropic auction, which will take place in New York in May 2018. Icons of the 20th Century including Degas, Monet, Magritte, Kandinsky, Bacon, Warhol, and Basquiat were presented alongside those at the forefront of contemporary art such as Peter Doig, Kristin Baker, Kelley Walker and Cecily Brown, as well as artists who have never appeared at auction in London before: Shafic Abboud, Huguette Caland and Marwan. Collectors from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East participated in the sales, representing 73 different countries across 6 continents.

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The Eye Of The Architect: A Collection That Captures The Synergy Between Painting And Architecture

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 febbraio 2018

Francis BaconChristie’s will offer The Eye of the Architect, a diverse collection of Modern and Post-War art, during ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, a series of sales that will take place in London from 20 February to 7 March 2018: Impressionist and Modern Art and The Art of the Surreal Evening Sales (both 27 February), Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale (28 February) and Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale (6 March). Focusing primarily on figurative compositions, this tightly curated group of works not only reveals the collector’s discerning eye and architectural mind, but also a passion for artists who continuously sought to push the boundaries of tradition in their art. Including works by some of the most celebrated masters of the twentieth century avant-garde, from Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon, Giorgio de Chirico to Joan Miró, and Fernand Léger to Giorgio Morandi, this varied group is united in their intimate scale and exploration of similar thematic concerns. The group will be led by Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait (1976, estimate: £10,000,000-15,000,000), the artist’s penultimate ode to his great muse Henrietta Moraes, whose stark depiction of facial features and realist palette reveal the influence of Picasso on Bacon’s work. Further highlights include Pablo Picasso’s Figure (1930, estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000), a portrait that plays with form to give the face a sculptural quality reflected in Bacon’s deconstruction of human form in Three Studies for a Portrait. These are offered alongside Giorgio de Chirico’s rare and early, melancholic mannequin-figure portrait Testa di manichino (1916-17, estimate: £800,000-1,200,000), Fernand Léger’s visionary, machine-inspired portrait L’usine (Motif pour le moteur) (1918, estimate: £900,000-1,200,000), Giorgio Morandi’s highly subtle, architectural still life Natura morta (1942, estimate: £600,000-900,000), and Joan Miró’s sharply defined geometric painting Tête d’homme (1931, estimate: £700,000 – 1,000,000). The works will be on view in Hong Kong (5 to 8 February 2018) and New York (8 to 15 February 2018) before being exhibited in London from 20 February to 6 March 2018.

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The Old Masters Evening Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 dicembre 2017

Old MastersLondon. The Old Masters Evening Sale on 7 December totalled £21,772,000/ $29,109,164/ €24,667,676 and was led by El Greco’s Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation, from the Collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr., which sold for £6,871,250/ $9,186,861/ €7,785,126, becoming the second highest price for the artist at auction. A new world record price for the artist at auction was also set for Bartholomäus Spranger with Mercury carrying Psyche to Mount Olympus, which far surpassed the previous record, realising £3,368,750 / $4,504,019 / €3,816,794. The sale was 77% sold by lot and 93% sold by value, with registered bidders from 30 countries, across 5 continents.
Henry Pettifer, Head of Christie’s Old Master Paintings EMERI: “2017 is the second consecutive record year for Old Masters at Christie’s. With 78% of lots selling above estimate, tonight’s sale was 93% sold by value, the second highest sell-through rate by value for Old Masters, Christie’s London. The sale proved the healthy demand for 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, demonstrated by the highly competitive bidding for the works by Spranger, Rembrandt, Ruisdael and Teniers, among others. We were pleased to see El Greco’s superb Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation set the second highest price for the artist at auction, and for the new record for the Spranger which is one of the finest mannerist pictures to come to the market in recent memory. We now look forward to our sale of ‘Old Masters including Old Master & British Drawings and Watercolours’ on 8 December.”Classic Week continues, concluding on 18 December when The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire closes.

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British Pop Art to lead Christie’s Modern British & Irish Art Evening

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 novembre 2017

paintingLondon Christie’s Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale on 22 November 2017 will be led by a focus on British Pop artists, including the last painting executed by founding member Pauline Boty, titled BUM (1966, estimate: £200,000-300,000), which will be offered for auction alongside work by her peers, and stars of the scene, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Eduardo Paolozzi. The auction will also feature Beatitudes of Love 6: Consciousness (1938, £1,300,000-1,800,000), Sir Stanley Spencer painted this work during his failed second marriage to Patricia Preece. Further highlights include Henry Moore’s working model for the Time / Life building relief, a public commission still situated in London’s Mayfair: Time / Life Screen: Working Model (1952, estimate: £300,000-500,000) and L.S. Lowry’s Lytham Pier (1945, estimate: £700,000-1,000,000), which celebrates coastal Britain, the seaside escape that had become part of working class life and a Lowry family tradition. The evening auction will be followed by the Modern British & Irish Art Day Sale that will take place on 23 November 2017. The works will be exhibited at Christie’s King Street saleroom in London from 17 to 22 November 2017. (photo: painting)

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The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 ottobre 2017

Audrey HepburnLondon – Christie’s auctions, Part I and Part II, of the personal property of Audrey Hepburn captivated the imagination of a global audience, realising an overall total of £6,053,875/ $8,100,085/ €6,883,255. Comprising 473 lots, the flagship live auction at Christie’s headquarters in London (27 September) and the online sale (19 September to 4 October) attracted registered bidders from a total of 50 countries across 6 continents. Both sales sparked competitive bidding from new and existing clients; in the saleroom, on the telephones, via absentee bids and Christie’s LIVETM in Part I; and via the easily accessible online sale format in Part II. With the success of the Audrey Hepburn online sale, this September saw the highest number of new registrants to Christie’s online since the sales were launched in 2011 and confirms that this platform continues to be the best recruiter of new clients to Christie’s.
Adrian Hume-Sayer, Head of Sale and Director of Private Collections commented: “We are indebted to Audrey Hepburn’s two sons for entrusting Christie’s with this very special collection. Audrey Hepburn is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest icons in the history of both film and fashion. The incredible enthusiasm with which her collection was received bears testament to the enduring strength of her appeal – from Hong Kong to Hollywood the pre-sale exhibitions drew crowds wherever they went, with the London pre-sale events alone drawing in excess of 12,000 visitors. The fervour continued with vigour through both the live and online auctions, with the marathon 10 hour live sale running until midnight. The success of the sales – which saw thousands of her personal possessions across almost 500 lots all find homes – show the immense continued affection for perhaps the greatest British actress the world has seen. Part III of the collection will be offered online in 2018, details will follow in due course.”

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The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 settembre 2017

Audrey Hepburn_s workingLondon – Having welcomed over 12,000 visitors to the pre-sale public exhibition of The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn in London, Part I of Christie’s auctions on 27 September realised £4,635,500 / $6,202,299 / €5,270,563, selling 100% by lot and 100% by value, with registered bidders from 46 countries across six continents. Comprising 246 lots, the auction drew international interest, sparking competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and online, with 30% of lots selling through Christie’s Live.
Adrian Hume-Sayer, Head of Sale and Director of Private Collections: “We have been utterly delighted with the overwhelming response to the personal collection of Audrey Hepburn. She is one of the greatest icons in the history of film and the incredible result so far, for Part I of the collection, is a testament to her enduring appeal. Thank you to everyone who made the sale such a resounding success. Bidding remains open online for Part II until the 4 October.” Providing many further opportunities across all price points, with estimates starting from £100, the online sale (Part II) comprises a further 227 lots and will remain open for bids until 3pm GMT on the 3 October (lots 301-449) and 4 October (lots 450-531), having opened on 19 September.

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