Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale on 7 November 2012 features a stunning range of modern masterworks from a series of prominent private collections, including Henry Moore’s Working Model for Thin Reclining Figure, estimated at $500,000 – 700,000; Marc Chagall’s Les amoureux à Paris, estimated at $500,000 -700,000; and Odilon Redon’s Pavots et oeillets de poète dans un vase bleu, estimated at $400,000 – 600,000.
Highlights of the sale include Buste de Diego, an eloquent oil painting by Alberto Giacometti from the Estate of Elizabeth Green Romano, estimated at $1,000,000 – 1,500,000, and Joán Miró’s Femme et oiseau devant la lune, estimated at $500,000 – 700,000, from the Collection of Mrs. Nelson A. Rockefeller.
The works will be on public view starting 1 November in New York.
Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale concluded on 7 November in New York with a total of $40,106,775, selling 69.8% by lot. The auction was led by Kees van Dongen’s Deux nus aux ballons, a seven-foot tall painting that achieved $1,314,500 above a low estimate of $1.2 million.
Molly Ott Ambler, Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale in New York, commented: “As has been the case in recent seasons, we were impressed by the diversity of property that performed well today – our top ten results alone include Impressionist, Fauvist, Modernist, Cubist and Surrealist pieces. Two portraits by Pablo Picasso from the 1960s both exceeded expectations, led by Tête d’hommethat sold for $1,142,500 (est. $700/900,000), while Surrealist artists including Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte together dominated the top end of the sale, featuring Dalí’s La noblesse du temps from 1975 that brought $752,500 above a high estimate of $600,000. We also saw strong prices for Cubist and Dadaist works, a lifetime Auguste Rodin sculpture in marble, and the watercolor Paysage Breton by Armand Seguin that more than quadrupled its high estimate of $35,000 in selling for $152,500.”
Lot 158 - Kees van Dongen, Deux nus aux ballons
Hammer Price with Buyers Premium: $1,314,500
Lot 122 - Pablo Picasso, Tête d’homme
Hammer Price with Buyers Premium: $1,142,500
Lot 195 - Fernand Léger, La table dans le jardin
Hammer Price with Buyers Premium: $902,500
Lot 311 - Pablo Picasso, Tête d’homme barbu
Hammer Price with Buyers Premium: $842,500
Lot 186 - L’Orpheline Alsacienne, version à la tête droite - Auguste Rodin,
Hammer Price with Buyers Premium: $812,500