Our 7 November auction achieved $57.6 million, bringing the week’s total of Impressionist & Modern Art to an outstanding $347.9 million, the second-highest series total in this category in the company’s history.
The top lot of the Day Sale was Marc Chagall’s Les Amoureux dans le bouquet de fleurs, a 1976 canvas that achieved $2.3 million over a high estimate of $2 million. Strong results for Impressionist pictures were led by Claude Monet, whose 1888 landscape Le Golfe Juan more than doubled its high estimate of $800,000 and sold for $1.7 million.
Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale on 8 November 2013 features a dazzling array of paintings, drawings and sculpture from important estates and esteemed private collections. We are proud to offer an extraordinary variety of landscapes and portraits by Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as cityscapes and dreamscapes by early-modern master Marc Chagall.
Works from the Impressionist period include a lyrical bronze by Camille Claudel, La Valse, and by Gustave Caillebotte, a sun-drenched view of the town of Argenteuil, a favorite spot of the Impressionists on the bank of the Seine river, just north of Paris. Our robust modern offerings are led by an important 1927 bronze by Alberto Giacometti of the artist's father, from the collection of ex-Guggenheim director Thomas Messer ($400,000-600,000), along with a superb gouache-and-collage rendering of ants by Salvador Dalí (est. $300,000-400,000) originally owned by Luis Buñuel.