Surrealist collectors from all over the world paid tribute to this exceptional ensemble devoted to two of the 20th century's most revolutionary movements : Dada and Surrealism. The sale of the R. & B. L. library in collaboration with Binoche & Giquello concluded with an outstanding total of €5.8 million, well above the high estimate of €4.6 million.
Anne Heilbronn, Vice-president of Sotheby’s France said : “We are extremely delighted for the enthusiasm and atmosphere of the sale. International and French collectors all contributed to this brilliant success.”
Les Champs délicieux by Man Ray soared to €243,000 (estimate: €120,000-150,000), the highest price of the two-day sale. This is a key work showing the successful results of Man Ray's work on rayographs.
At the end of April 2016 the highly anticipated fifth instalment in the auctions of the R. and B. L. library will take place in Paris. This sale, in collaboration with Binoche and Giquello, is dedicated to two of the 20th century's most revolutionary movements: Dada and Surrealism.
Great poets such as Aragon, Breton, Éluard, Char and Tzara rub shoulders with renowned artists including Picasso, Tanguy, Ernst, Léger, Miró, Bellmer, and more. The carefully selected, often limited editions feature moving dedications that testify to the friendship and artistic dialogue of this period. Some editions were bound by masters such as Bonet, Leroux and Martin.
Some of the most remarkable works in the collection include two copies that belonged to Éluard: Ralentir Travaux bound by Bonet and La Petite Anthologie du Surréalisme by Hugnet, to which Éluard attached important documents signed by Breton, Char, Dali, Miró and an original Picasso etching embellished with two bird feathers.
Rare books featuring photographic illustrations complete this collection of modern masterpieces, including the precious Champs Délicieux illustrated with 12 Man Ray 'rayographs' and La Poupée by Bellmer. Tracts, posters and rare and complete magazines like Dada and 391 further enrich this magnificent collection. The heart of this extraordinary collection features manuscripts and correspondence by the great names in Dada and Surrealism, including an outstanding unpublished and highly illustrated notebook by Dalí.