The Contemporary Art sales in Paris concluded on Wednesday with an outstanding total of €32 million, the highest total ever recorded for a Contemporary Art sale at Sotheby's in Paris. With participants from 16 countries, Sotheby's confirms its leadership on the Contemporary Art market in France.
Five paintings sold for over €1 million, including Pierre Soulages, Peintures 162 x 130 cm, 14 avril 1962, which soared to €6.1 million, doubling its high estimate, setting the new world record for the artist. Zao Wou-Ki's 19.03.62 achieved the second highest price of the sale with €3,645,000.
Following the 6 June Contemporary Art Evening sale that will definitely provide an opportunity to uphold Sotheby’s outstanding Spring auctions results, the Contemporary Art Day Auction on 7 June will offer a strong line-up of works from the post-war period to the present. With an emphasis on established artists, the sale includes highly sought-after works by Yves Klein, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Martin Barré, Louise Bourgeois and Franz West amongst others.