Our Art Contemporain sale achieved €28.6 million, a record for a contemporary art auction in France. Worldwide records were established for Kazuo Shiraga (€3.9 million), Germaine Richier (€1.7 million) and Sam Szafran (€865.500), as well as a record in France for Cy Twombly (€2.7 million).
The highest price in the auction was achieved by Nicolas de Staël's monumental Composition, which sold for €4.2 million.
Our Art Contemporain sale will take place in Paris on 3 and 4 June 2014.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nicolas de Staël. Sotheby’s is honoured to celebrate this noteworthy year with a spectacular painting from 1950, one of the five largest he ever painted, formerly in the Collection of Denys Sutton.
Also included in the sale is Cy Twombly’s Ides of March, typical of his work from the early 1960s, in which the subjects of the classical world are translated into the language of Abstract Expressionism. Resurfacing after more than 40 years since its last public exhibition, an intense large-scale work from 1969 by Kazuo Shiraga emits a pulsating energy into the surrounding space.
Germaine Richier’s Don Quichotte and La Mante - Grande explore the utmost possibilities of expression within the boundaries of classical sculpture. Three refined canvasses by Zao Wou-Ki – one formerly in the collection of the innovative psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan – reveal some vibrant mental representations of an abstracted reality.