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Christie’s NY Evening Auction Led By Manet, Acquired by the Getty

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 novembre 2014

manetNew York – Christie’s is delighted to confirm that the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is the new owner of Edouard Manet’s Le Printemps (Springtime), sold at Christie’s New York Wednesday night for $65,125,000 (£41,028,750 / €52,100,000) after an epic bidding battle between private and institutional clients from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The price set a new auction record for any work by Manet, nearly doubling the artist’s previous auction record of US$33.3 million, set in 2010.
Of the 30 paintings that Manet exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1882 over the course of his lifetime, Le Printemps was the last remaining in private hands. Proceeds from its sale will benefit a private American foundation supporting environmental, public health and other charitable causes.
“This is a true masterpiece with an exceptional history, from its first viewing at the Paris Salon to Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, where it has been on loan for the past two decades,” noted Brooke Lampley, Head of Impressionist and Modern Art for Christie’s Americas. “It is fitting that one of our finest American museums would now acquire it for their permanent collection, where it can continue to be enjoyed by the public within the context of the museum’s rich Impressionist holdings. We couldn’t be more pleased to officially announce this exciting news with the Getty today.”
Manet’s Le Printemps was the star lot of Christie’s Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on Wednesday, which achieved an overall sale total of $165,635,000 (£104,350,050/ € 132,508,000), and was 90% sold by lot and 87% by value. Of the 39 works offered, 1 lot sold for over $50 million, 6 sold for over $5 million, and 31 sold for over $1 million. 38% of lots sold above the high estimate, and 23% of lots sold within the pre-sale estimate range. Three additional sales, Works on Paper, the Day Sale, and an online-only auction of Picasso Ceramics will complete this week’s sales series.
While the record price for Manet drove the evening’s headlines, the sale was also notable for consistently high sell-through rates at the middle market level, between $500,000 and $5 million. For example, works priced in the $1-2 million range were 92% sold by lot. Similarly, works priced in the $2-5 million range were 93% sold by lot. Together, these impressive rates are an indication that collectors are seeking high-quality Impressionist and Modern art across a broad spectrum of prices.
“Christie’s is committed to presenting our clients with opportunities at every price level of the market,” noted Lampley. “The overall results and sell-through rates of our New York Evening Sale show that our strategy of building a closely-edited sale of high-quality artworks matched to current collecting tastes is a winning one, and we look forward to our next major sale series in this category in London in February.”Impressionist and Cubist works proved particularly appealing to clients this season, with 100% of the sale’s Impressionist and Cubist offerings sold — an indication of heightened interest in this movement as well as the great rarity of the works offered. The Cubist selection was led by a collection of three works from the Melamed Family Collection, which totaled $10,151,000, including:
o PABLO PICASSO, Figure, paper collage, pen and black ink and pencil on paper, 1913, price realized: $4,309,000
o GINO SEVERINI, Etude pour Autoportrait au canotier, charcoal, pastel and white and blue chalk on buff paper, 1912-1913, price realized: $4,757,000 – a new auction record for a work by the artist in this medium.
Additional Cubist Highlights
o Juan Gris, Verre et carafe sur une table, price realized: $1,085,000
o Pablo Picasso, Guitare, price realized: $5,317,000
o Georges Braque, Guitare et rhum, price realized: $4,645,000
Further works from the Melamed Collection are featured in Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper sales, which continue Thursday.(manet)

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Miami-Dade Pending Home Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 agosto 2010

In Broward County pending home sales rose 25.4 percent from the previous year, from 6,242 to 7,830, and decreased 2.5 percent from the previous month, from 8,031. Pending condominium sales in Broward also fared better than that of single-family homes.  Broward County condominium sales in July increased 39.4 percent, from 3,101 to 4,323, compared to July 2009 and fell 2.4 percent, from 4,429, compared to the previous month. Compared to July 2009, Broward pending sales of single-family homes rose 11.7 percent, from 3,141 to 3,507, and decreased 2.6 percent, from 3,602, compared to the previous month. Strengthening Market Home sales in South Florida have increased dramatically since August 2008, and home prices continue to stabilize.  South Florida, where an estimated 60 percent of sales involve a foreign buyer, continues to be the top area in the nation for international buying activity. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.  Increased pending sales are an indication of increased future sales.
The MIAMI Association is the merged association for RAMB and RAMDC and retains the charter received from the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating its 90th year of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida.  Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents 23,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage.   It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 60 international organizations worldwide.  MIAMI’s official website is

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Echoing the hope that God has for Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2009

300 delegates representing some 120 churches from throughout Europe countries are gathering today in Lyon, France, for the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC).  Of the 300 delegates, 41 are young people.  170 delegates are male, and 130 are female.  109 are lay people and 191 are ordained.  There are 25 delegates who are black or from a minority ethnic group, or who are representing a migrant church.  There are more than 500 other people attending the Assembly, including local volunteers, members of staff, visitors, guests and journalists.  A stewarding team of 49 young people are helping with the smooth running of the Assembly.  The theme for this year’s Assembly is “Called to One Hope in Christ”.  The previous Assembly was held in Trondheim, Norway in 2003.  CEC was founded in 1959, making this the 50th anniversary year.  At the opening press conference today the President of CEC, Rev. Jean Arnold de Clermont, said that the Assembly needed to echo the hope that God has for Europe.  He asked: “What are the priorities for Europe?  Where is Christ leading us?  It is important that churches in Europe re-confirm a commitment to each other six years [at the CEC Assemblies].”  Mr de Clermont spoke about two areas which he hoped would be a focus of the Assembly – sustainable development and relationships with other Christian churches. He said: “Issues of poverty and the millennium commitments challenge us to live in a sustainable way.  Churches need to make sure that the poorest of the poor are not left on the roadside”.  He also expressed his hope that CEC would be able to work closer with the Catholic Church and evangelical churches. His Beatitude Archbishop Dr Anastasios of Tirana and all Albania spoke at the press conference on the Assembly theme, ‘Called to One Hope in Christ’.  He emphasised the need for Christians to unite, as hope cannot thrive if there is division.  He said: “Christians dare to hope, even when fear grips our hearts and minds.  With the power of the crucified and resurrected Christ, truth, justice and love will prevail and life will triumph over death.” Ms Doris Peschke, General Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) also spoke at the Press Conference, where she stressed the importance of churches’ work with refugees and how the churches can celebrate the diversity of migrant churches.  She also noted that CEC and CCME have designated 2010 as a year of “European churches responding to migration”.

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