Sotheby’s Day Sale of Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art achieved £52.3 million, the highest-ever total for an Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale at Sotheby’s Worldwide. Paul Gauguin’s Tahitiennes, an oil on canvas rarely seen at auction, sold for £1,370,500, by far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of £300,000 - 500,000. The cover lot, Henri Charles Manguin’s La Maison de Signac, ‘Les Cigales’, Saint-Tropez, brought an exceptionally strong price of £458,500.
We are extremely excited to introduce this season’s Day Sale, which features important examples from a wide range of periods. We are particularly honoured to be offering so many works from prestigious private collections: Jan Krugier’s private collection features exquisite works on paper from many of the great masters of this medium, the Antal Post de Bekessy Collection cements a particularly extensive and strong German and Austrian section, and the important Sainsère Collection group includes a glamorous Fauve Kees van Dongen portrait. We are delighted to be offering some iconic Diego and Alberto Giacometti furniture from a private Swiss collection, and we also have an interesting Cubist section, led by our cover lot Juan Gris’ La tranche de melon from the Sandblom Collection in Sweden.
This is just to mention a few of the many highlights of the sale and we urge you to have a good look through the e-catalogue in its entirety to get a full sense of the breadth of what is on offer. We look forward to hearing from you with any questions and to welcoming you to the galleries.