8 nov. 2008

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ANCIENT ART

The Crucifixion by Barend van Orley coming in Lempertz in Cologne on November 22 is estimated € 1 million (Lot 1328). (SOLD 850 K€ before fees)

An Eruption of Vesuvius by Volaire is presented in the sale of Robert et Baille in Paris on November 28. (UNSOLD)

MODERN ART

The third tempo of the Great Arabesque by Degas is in Paris on December 12 at PIASA. (SOLD 450 K€ including fees).

Alberto and Diego Giacometti are not artists but children on the outdoor family painting by Giovanni Giacometti, for sale at Christie's in Zurich on December 1 (2.5 MCHF, lot 132). (SOLD 2.6 MCHF including fees)

CURRENT ART

Presented separately, three Nanas by Niki de Saint Phalle 2.60 m high meet at Lempertz in Cologne on December 5 (Lots 425, 426, 427, 250 K € each). (SOLD together 750 K€ before fees)

For my first visit to Ravenel, I previewed a Big Family of Zhang Xiaogang, a small (80 x 100 cm) painting estimated 26 MNT$ in Taipei on December 7, Lot 292. (SOLD 28 MNT$ including fees)

ASIA

An imperial Qing vase from the famille rose with butterflies is worth 40 MHK $ at Christie's in Hong Kong on December 3 (sale 2633). (SOLD 53 MHK$ including fees). It is accompanied by a lacquer bowl of Yongle period (30 MHK $) (SOLD 33 MHK$ including fees).

RUSSIAN ART

A silver soup tureen shaped as a warship made for Catherine the Great is estimated £ 400 K by Christie's in London on November 24 (sale 7630, Lot 57). (UNSOLD)

The Orthodox art is represented by very old icons at Christie's London on November 24 as well (sale 7661): a Byzantine Nativity made circa 1400 (200 K £, lot 36), (SOLD 230 K£ including fees), a Muscovite Mother of God and Child (£ 200 K, Lot 18). (UNSOLD)

Sotheby's sells on November 24 in London a miniature portrait showing Empress Maria Fyodorovna in a heart shaped frame by Fabergé (£ 60 K, lot 25). (SOLD 230 K£ including fees)

ARCHEOLOGY

Recorded for the delicacy of its carving : a portrait of a Ptolemaic queen or goddess is at Pierre Bergé et Associés in collaboration with PIASA in Paris on January 17 (300 K €).

JEWELS

The historic diamond Blaue Wittelsbacher shines on December 10 in London at Christie's. (SOLD 16.4 M£ including fees)

PRINTS

A large Crucifixion by Rembrandt is for sale at Christie's in London on December 2 (350 K £, sale 7644, Lot 49). (SOLD 420 K£ including fees).

COINS

A piece of 1 U.S. cent of 1795 is worth more than $ 75 K at Bowers and Merena as lot 1143 of the auction sale in Baltimore on November 20. It is worn, as ever. (SOLD 400 K$ including fees)

MEMORABILIA

On February 12, it is Lincoln's 200th birthday, and Christie's in New York will sell the manuscript of his speech after his re-election to the presidency.