4 oct. 2008

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MODERN ART

For $ 60 million, here is a Suprematist oil on canvas by Malevich, at Sotheby's in New York on November 3. (SOLD 60 M$ including fees). A ballerina by Degas, pastel and gouache, expects $ 40 million and is at rest. (SOLD 37 M$ including fees). A cathedral of Rouen by Monet is worth $ 16 million (only?). (UNSOLD). A seated man painted by Modigliani looks for something, too: $ 16 million. (UNSOLD).

On November 5, Christie's devotes a whole evening to two collections, in New York. Let us see there Rothko ($ 20 million), (UNSOLD), Manet ($ 12 million) (UNSOLD), Toulouse-Lautrec ($ 6 million) (SOLD 4.4 M$ including fees), De Chirico ($ 6 million) (SOLD 6.1 M$ including fees), but also a nice Morris Louis at $ 2 million. (SOLD 2.1 M$ including fees).

The 50s are important in the evolution of Italian art. Within this time range, Sotheby's presents on October 20 in London paintings by Morandi (£ 500 K) (SOLD 650 K£), Marini (£ 400 K) (SOLD 410 K£) and Burri (£ 700 K), (SOLD 780 K£) and sculptures by Marini (£ 500 K) (SOLD 530 K£ ; SOLD another one 770 K£) and Fontana (800 K £). (SOLD 1.05 M£) Results include fees.

A large oval painting on a black background from the series La Fine de Dio by Fontana is announced by Christie's for sale in London on October 19. The press release gives an estimate around £ 12 million (Lot 11). (SOLD 9 M£ including fees).

CURRENT ART

Christie's sale in London on October 19 includes a large abstract painting by Gerhard Richter (£ 6 million, lot 22). (UNSOLD)

FURNITURE

An example of the Orgone Stretch Lounge, at Sotheby's in London on October 18, is an opportunity to become familiar with the work of Marc Newson (£ 400 K, lot 32). (SOLD 420 K£ including fees).

CERAMICS

On October 21, Christie's New York devotes an entire catalog (29 lots) to the Minton ceramic. Top of low estimates: $ 200 K, lot 17. (SOLD 260 K$ including fees).

PHOTO

Let us not just talk about the the most expensive lots. A 50 x 60 cm portrait of Keith Haring by Annie Leibovitz is estimated 30 K$ at Sotheby's in New York on October 15 (1986 photo, 1995 issue, lot 222). (SOLD 19 K$ including fees).

TECHNIQUES

A rare book made in silk is at number 1495 in the sale of Reiss in Königstein on 28 and 29 October (9 K €). (UNSOLD)

MEMORABILIA

Bonhams and Butterfield sells in Los Angeles on Oct. 15 a document bearing the signature of Molière (40 K $, lot 1166). (SOLD 330 K$ before fees).