With a grand total of £186.44m ($280.18m), our Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art Evening Sales on 3 February set the highest total for any auction ever held in London. Five auction records were set in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, led by Étude pour une baignade, Asnières that brought a new auction record for a work on paper by Seurat when it sold for £7.77m. The sales were led by a stunning offering of five works by Claude Monet, all of which sold, together totalling £55.74m. Matisse’s exquisite portrait Odalisque au fauteuil noir achieved £15.83m, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate. Toulouse-Lautrec’s Au Lit: Le Baiser from 1892 brought £10.79m – the second-highest price for the artist at auction.
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Sotheby’s London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 3 February 2015 presents an outstanding selection of the finest and rarest works of art by the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Leading the sale is a group of paintings by the undoubted master of Impressionism, Claude Monet. Le Grand Canal (estimate: £20-30 million), painted in 1908, belongs to Monet’s celebrated series of views of Venice. We are also honoured to be offering Les Peupliers à Giverny (estimate: £9-12 million) from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to benefit their acquisitions fund. Other highlights include the extraordinary Au lit: le baiser (£9-12 million) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Henri Matisse’s wonderful Odalisque au fauteuil noir (£9-12 million), alongside many other masterworks by Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin and Wassily Kandinsky.
In November 2014, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York totalled a record $422.1 million, marking the fourth consecutive year as the leading auction house in this field. This February, the group of works presented for sale comprises a selection of paintings and sculpture from prestigious private collections and works with exceptional provenance which have been internationally admired and exhibited at the most celebrated museums and galleries.
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