The week of October 16 devoted to modern art at Sotheby's in Paris has now ended, with a grand total of €21.5 million. Three sales were staged at the Galerie Charpentier, featuring major works by some of the leading artists of the 20th century, several with outstanding provenances.
The highest price for the Arthur Brandt collection went to a highly provocative work by Marcel Duchamp, one of the American collector's favourite artists. The mischievous L.H.O.O.Q., 1964, a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work, sporting a moustache and goatee, was carried off for €631,500 (lot 105) This collection also included Boîte-en-valise, a portable museum containing 68 of his most famous works, reproduced or miniaturised, which at €319,500 largely sold over its high estimate (lot 103).
The remarkable prices achieved in Paris this week for Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray yet again confirmed the dominant position held by these two artists as the fathers of conceptual and contemporary art.
On 21 October in Paris, Sotheby’s will offer for sale the collection of Dr. Arthur Brandt, whose passion and appreciation for Dada and Surrealism is reflected in this auction.
For over 4 decades, the New Yorker purchased a diverse and specialised selection of paintings, drawings, collages, objects and sculpture belonging to the movements of Dada, Surrealism and beyond, both at auction and from a handful of private dealers. Highlights include numerous works by Duchamp and Schwitters as well as a major work by Picabia and others by Tanguy, Man Ray, and Max Ernst.