Sotheby’s Paris Contemporary Art sales concluded yesterday with a total of €43.1 million, bringing the total for this category in France this year to €78.7 million, up nearly 40 % to 2016.
Over the past year, Sotheby’s has established landmark prices for leading French artists of the second half of the 20th century, with four world auction records: for Pierre Soulages (€6.1 m), Simon Hantaï (€4.4 m), Germaine Richier (€3 m) and Hans Hartung (€2.7 m).
The various-owner sale was dominated by Thin in the Old, 1986, an extraordinary work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which realised €3,650,900 (lot 54).
This December’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction is highlighted by superb works of art from the post-war period to the present. The sale includes highly sought after pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Dubuffet, Zao Wou-Ki, Pierre Soulages, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Simon Hantaï among others. Sotheby’s Paris is proud to offer these exceptional examples of contemporary art from esteemed collections, all of which are exemplary touchstones of the highest order.