Our 8 May sale brought $66.4 million, marking a new record result for this auction in New York. 11 works sold for over $1 million - the most works sold at this price level in and Day Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art at Sotheby's worldwide. Leading the sale was Lyonel Feininger's Sails. After competitive bidding this piece soared to $3.2 million over a high estimate of $800,000. Also performing strongly were twelve works by Salvador Dalí, which brought $3 million. These were led by The Eye of Time, the finest jewel the artist ever created, which sold for $1,055,000. Originally conceived in 1949 as a gift for his wife Gala, the platinum, diamond, ruby and blue enamel brooch incorporates two of Dalí's most iconic symbols: the eye and the clock.
Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale on 8 May 2014 features a dazzling array of paintings, drawings and sculptures from important estates and esteemed private collections. We are proud to offer an extraordinary variety of landscapes, portraits and still life compositions by the hand of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as a spectacular selection of works on paper that exemplify the genius of Pablo Picasso. Other highlights include a superb selection of pastels by Alfred Sisley, not to mention a group of major oils by Fauve painters Kees van Dongen and Raoul Dufy, outstanding modern sculpture by Henry Moore and Jacques Lipchitz, and a captivating assortment of works on paper by the Surrealist Salvador Dalí.