With two works by Nicolas de Staël in our evening auction on 4th December (Gentilly, 1952 and Plage à Syracuse, 1954), Sotheby’s specialists are delighted to once again showcase the work of the masters of the second École de Paris. These two oil on canvas paintings testify to Nicolas de Staël’s unrivalled abstract use of colour. The Evening and Day sales will also include sculptures from the property of Marvin Lundy, a Philadelphian in love with France and the Arts, works by Germaine Richier, César and Arman.
Excellent results for works by major French contemporary artists throughout our two days of sales leaves no doubt the market is strong.
Particularly impressive was the performance of François-Xavier Lalanne’s last monumental sculpture,LeTrès Grand Singe Avisé, which soared past its €700,000 upper estimate to €936,750. One of an edition of eight, its superb black patina proved highly desirable.
Realizing €11.6 million, this third of three Sotheby’s Paris autumn auctions of contemporary works performed in line with the success of the previous two – the Marcel Brient Collection, which, at €5.1 million, doubled its pre-sale estimate and the Zaira & Marsel Mis Collection, which realized €19 million.
“Each auction was greeted enthusiastically by international collectors,” noted Stefano Moreni, Head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s France, “confirming Paris as a strong international market for contemporary works.”