The 4 December sale of Impressionist & Modern Art brought a record for Sotheby's France with a €23.7 million total. Sotheby's remains the auction leader in France for Impressionist & Modern Art for the third year running with a grand total of €43.45 million for the year.
Amedeo Modigliani's Portrait of Roger Dutilleul, painted in 1919, sold for €6.5 million, setting the record for a painting sold at auction in France in 2013.
This sale will present an eye-catching cluster of 65 works from some of the star names of 20th-century art, including Modigliani's magnificently elegant homage to his patron Roger Dutilleul, a luminous Bauhaus masterpiece by Kandinsky and a striking rendering of two female nudes by Tamara de Lempicka, never before offered at auction.
Two vibrant oils by Picasso will also take centre stage, alongside a series of romantic, dazzlingly colourful compositions by Chagall. Other highlights include a large-format Pont-Aven street scene by Bernard and a monumental sculpture by Miró inspired by the Eiffel Tower. The sale will also showcase Cubist paintings by Lhote, Herbin and Gleizes together with Surrealist offerings from Lam, Toyen, Man Ray, Dalí and Breton.
“1 Picasso for 100 Euros” on 18 December 2013 at Sotheby’s Paris
“1 Picasso for 100 Euros” is an online tombola organized by the International Association to Save Tyre, a Lebanese city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in order to raise funds for major socio-cultural projects. Via this lottery of a new kind each participant is given the chance to win a work by Pablo Picasso from 1914, L’homme au gibus.
The draw will take place on 18 December 2013 at Sotheby’s Paris; the work will be shown during the Art Impressionniste & Moderne exhibition.