Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale brought an impressive total of £23.1 million. The auction was led by our cover lot, Marc Chagall’s poetic Les tulipes from 1928, which sold above its high pre-sale estimate, achieving £640,000. Other highlights included Pierre-Auguste Renoir Femme allongée fetching over £1m, which had been in a private collection for over fifty years and never been to auction, and Egon Schiele’s Mother with child from 1910 which almost tripled its low estimate and achieved £580,000.
Following the great success of our February sales, we have been entrusted with some truly exquisite works from a range of periods. Highlights include a dazzling depiction of summertime glamour on the beach at Deauville by Kees Van Dongen, a beautiful bouquet of roses by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and some impressive figurative drawings by master draughtsmen Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso. We are particularly excited to have so many works with distinguished provenances in the sale, including a further extensive offering from the estate of the legendary Jan Krugier and fourteen Salvador Dalí works from the estate of Robert Descharnes, the longstanding expert on the artist.