Sotheby's 6 May 2015 Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale brought a strong total of $51,645,250, including buyer's premium, well within pre-sale expectation. Leading the sale at $2,290,000, Claude Monet's Nymphéas was one of nine works in the sale exceeding $1 million. Fernand Léger's magnificent Les Plongeurs en rouge et bleu, painted in 1943 also performed strongly, selling above estimate at $2,050,000.
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Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale on May 6th 2015 features a dazzling array of paintings, drawings and sculptures from important estates and esteemed private collections, including Fernand Léger’s superb Les Plongeurs en rouge et bleu, executed shortly after the artist arrived in the United States. We are also proud to offer an 1876 study for Le Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir from the collection of Lolo Sarnoff, an exquisite example of Claude Monet’s celebrated Nymphéas series from a distinguished North American collection, the remarkable Toreador by Pavel Tchelitchew from the collection of Frances Coles, and a variety of modern works—including two late-1920s collages by Kurt Schwitters—from the collection of the Chicago-based businessman and philanthropist Jerome H. Stone. A superb selection of three-dimensional work will be led by Pablo Picasso’s exceptional Tête d’animal à cornes, a lifetime cast of Rodin’s Le Baiser, a Cubist masterpiece by Jacques Lipchitz, rare string sculptures by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and an impressive octagonal table with extraordinary detailing by Diego Giacometti. Other highlights include a group of major oils by Impressionist painters Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissarro as well as a captivating assortment of works from the Der Sturm and Bauhaus artists, and a spectacular paravent screen by Futurist Giacomo Balla.