Our Prints & Multiples on 17 March realised £3,811,563 ($5,649,499), surpassing its £2.95 million pre-sale low estimate. A roll call of stellar artists took the stage, led by Rembrandt alongside key artists of the 20th century, including Picasso, Munch, Chagall and Warhol, the most important printmakers in the graphic medium’s history. Rembrandt’s The Three Crosses, considered one of the masterpieces of printmaking, commanded the highest price when it sold for £221,000.
This Prints & Multiples auction comprises some of the most desirable and rare works produced by Old Master, Modern and Contemporary artists over the past 500 years. Highlights of the sale include: The Three Crosses and other graphic masterpieces by Rembrandt, a collection of Marc Chagall’s most significant portfolios, a group of extremely scarce prints by the German Expressionists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel and Otto Dix, and two of the most sought-after subjects by Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso: Madonna and Le Repas Frugal. In the contemporary section of the sale, many of Andy Warhol’s most exciting works in printed media will be offered (including several unique colour trial proofs), along with important prints and multiples by a range of momentous post-war practitioners including Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Peter Doig and Robert Rauschenberg.
Please join us for a talk by Patrick Cramer on Marc Chagall: Master Printmaker on Sunday 15 March at 3PM at Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street. To confirm attendance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|7||This lot is sold framed.|
|8||This lot is sold framed.|
|17||The two images for this lot are mislabelled. The upper image shows the second state and the lower image shows the fifth state.|
|20||The etchings date from 1748-56. Hind 17 is the fourth state, not the third as catalogued. All printed on paper with a Fleur-de-Lys in Double Circle watermark, apart from H. 10 with an heraldic watermark. The sheet of H. 17 measures 492 by 637mm 19 3/8 by 25 1/8 in, the other sheets measure approx. 560 by 788mm 22 by 31in.|
|21||Hind 20 is the second state (of five). All on paper with a Fleur-de-Lys in Double Circle watermark, apart from H. 32 with an indistinct watermark, possibly a Fleur-de-Lys in Single Circle watermark. Each sheet measures approx. 560 by 790mm; 22 by 31 1/8 in.|
|22||Hind 22 and 58 on paper with a Fleur-de-Lys in Double Circle watermark. Each sheet measures approx. 560 by 787mm 22 by 31in.|
|43||This lot is sold framed.|
|87||Please note that this Lot will be sent to Greenford Park warehouse following the sale|
|96||This Lot has been withdrawn from the sale.|
|108||The catalogue illustration for this lot is incorrectly labelled 109.|
|109||The catalogue illustration for this lot is incorrectly labelled 108.|
|158||The estimate printed in the catalogue is incorrect. The correct estimate is £3,000 - 4,000.|
|167||Please note that this Lot will be sent to Greenford Park warehouse following the sale|
|171||Please note that this Lot will be sent to Greenford Park warehouse following the sale|
|176||Please note that this Lot will be sent to Greenford Park warehouse following the sale|
|183||This Lot has been withdrawn from the sale.|
|185||Please note that this Lot will be sent to Greenford Park warehouse following the sale|
|188||The condition report has been amended, the print is generally in good condition except the yellow and red have darkened from exposure to light over time.|
|196||Please note that this Lot will be sent to Greenford Park warehouse following the sale|
|204||This Lot has been withdrawn from the sale.|
|208||The sheet stamped with the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. ink stamps verso and numbered '353.007'.|
|230||This is an error in the title in the catalogue. The lot is Shoes (F. & S. II.256) and not from the Deluxe Edition (F. & S. II.251). Aside from the edition size, there is no difference between II.251 and II.256 according to the catalogue raisonné. The correct sheet dimensions are 1018 by 1512mm; 40 by 59 1/2 in.|
|231||The condition report has been amended to include a minute pigment loss in the blue background at upper left which is only visible upon close inspection.|