With a €13.4 million result for our auction on December 4, Sotheby's concludes the year with a total of €39.3 million achieved in the Impressionist and Modern Art field in Paris. These outstanding results confirm the leading position that Sotheby's occupies in France for the fourth consecutive year in this area.
Four artists competed for the limelight. The first one was Pablo Picasso, whose Tête d’homme achieved the highest bid of the sale at €2,785,500. Robert Delaunay obtained the second highest price with his masterful, rare, monumental and glowing work, Rythme. Joie de vivre. Presented for the first time at auction, it was sold for € 2,337,500, a record for the artist France. Another coveted artist of the sale was Marc Chagall, with two sumptuous artworks of the 1950s and 1960s: Fleurs et amoureux (€1,171,500) and a gouache on paper, Le loup et l’agneau, which almost doubled its high estimate at € 529,500.
Finally, Alberto Giacometti’s Buste d’Annette (dit Venise), representing the artist’s wife in 1960, was largely rewarded. This magnificent bronze bust, new on the market, achieved €1,045,500.
Our Paris auction on 4 December, of a resolutely modern spirit, will offer a select panorama of works from some of the greatest masters of the 20th century, chief among them Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. The sale is crowned by a monumental, abstract 1931 masterpiece by Robert Delaunay, Rythme, Joie de Vivre. Alongside this vibrantly colourful canvas, there is a striking painting by Fernand Léger offering a modern reinterpretation of the timeless theme of sunflowers, an important Cubist still life by André Lhote exhibited at the 1912 Salon de la Section d’Or and several lyrical compositions by Marc Chagall. Sculpture is well represented, notably with an iconic bust of Annette by Alberto Giacometti and a sublime version Auguste Rodin’s legendary Baiser. Sotheby’s also has the privilege of presenting three exquisite drawings by Pablo Picasso from the private collection of his granddaughter Marina.