SUCCESS FOR THE PARIS POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART SALE
WHICH ACHIEVED A TOTAL OF €13,121,500/ £11,874,660 /$15,959,544
Registered bidders from 23 countries
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART SALE
5 DECEMBER 2020
TOTAL: €13,121,500/ £11,874,660 /$15,959,544.
91% sold by value
The Post-War and Contemporary art sale held at Christie’s on 5 December achieved a total of €13,121,500/ £11,874,660 /$15,959,544 selling 91% by value, exceeding its presale global estimate.
The top lot of the sale was a painting by Pierre Soulages from its Outrenoir series, Peinture 117 x 130 cm, 21 mars 2007, which sold for €956,000. Other highlights included works by Roman Opalka, Opalka 1965 / 1 – ∞, Detail 5462920 – 5480388 which sold for €704,000 three times its presale low estimate and a painting by Simon Hantai, Etude, which achieved €620,000. A magnificent work executed by Georges Mathieu, Naufrage bleu, realized €212,500, three times its presale high estimate. Nicolas de Staël has, once again, attracted international collectors with the delicate work, Le chemin difficile, achieving €824,000 after a long bidding battle between 3 clients.
Etienne Sallon, Head of sale comments:
“We are thrilled with the strong results achieved today. We had the honour to offer fresh to the market works of art coming from prestigious collections such as the collection of Pierre and Pierrette Souleil which works achieved a combined total of €3,215,000, selling 100% of the lots. Amongst the 27 works of the collection, we can notice fabulous results such as for Das rote Flugzeug by A. R. Penck which sold for €262,500 and for the sculpture of Le Masqué by Jean Dubuffet, which achieved €325,000.”