20 janv. 2008

Auction tracking : China and India with Eskimos and Collectibles


A new major work is announced by Sotheby's for sale in London on 27 February, in the same sale that the nude painted by Bacon (SOLD 20 M£ including fees): a self portrait in triptych of Andy Warhol painted the year before his death. Estimated £ 10 million, it may be more expensive. (SOLD 11.4 M£ including fees).

It is difficult to predict the price of Orient-Fest, a small figurative oil on canvas (30x58,5 cm) by Paul Klee that Xavier of the Perraudière sells in Saumur on March 29. (SOLD 720 K€ before fees).

The catalogue of the sale RED headed by Sotheby's in New York on February 14 has been released. Damien Hirst, who is one of the organizers, is not disturbed to put four of his works as being the most expensive of the sale. His Pills' Cabinet is expected for $ 5 M. (SOLD 6.2 M$ before fees).

France and China met unexpectedly: Explosion Project for the Centre Pompidou, a monumental work by Cai Guo-Qiang (artist known for his use of gunpowder), will be in the sale of Asian art by Sotheby's on March 17th in New York ($ 500 K). (UNSOLD).
Appearing now almost commonplace, a painting by Zhang Xiaogang is estimated $ 1 M. (SOLD 937 K$ including fees).

Let us report an exceptional result out of traditional circuits: an oil on canvas by the young Chinese artist Yang Xiaobing, showing a human face in full format greater than nature, would have been sold SGD 50 million ($ 35 million) by Sidharta in Jakarta on December 15, 2007 (information found in the Artvalue database but not found on the website of the auction house).

Maqbool Fida Husain is the modern artist who begins to predominate in the Indian art sales. A figurative painting is estimated $ 250 K at Sotheby's New York on March 19. (SOLD three paintings by Husain 409, 289 et 265 K$ including fees). Of course the works of this artist reach regularly good prices in the Indian auction houses. This is an opportunity to welcome the recent establishment of Emami Chisel Art, based in Kolkata. See also Bid & Hammer, who officiates especially in Bangalore. Since the beginning of the year the frequency of press releases relating to auctions in India accelerated considerably.

The next sale of modern Inuit art by the auction house specialist in this category, the Canadian Waddington's, will be held on 14 and 15 April. (see column dated March 2).


Sotheby's sells in Paris on May 15 a Polar Bear salon by Jean Royère (a sofa and two armchairs). For several years the price of this model have continued to mount. It is estimated 300 K€. (SOLD 520 K€ including fees on June 3).

Artcurial devotes a sale on March 12 at Pierre Paulin, (SOLD a prototype of bibliothèque, 90 K€, and a table 68 K€, both prices before fees).
and Tajan a sale on May 20 at Ettore Sottsass, recently deceased. (SOLD 110 K€ including fees a group of five totems).


The sale of Chinese ceramics and antiques organized by Sotheby's New York on March 18 includes two bronze vases from Zhou dynasty ($ 4 million and 3 million). (UNSOLD)
An exceptional seated Tibetan Buddha of fourteenth or fifteenth century is estimated $ 2 million at Sotheby's New York on March 19. (SOLD 1.2 M$ including fees).

Christie's sells on March 19 in New York the second part of a collection of Chinese snuff bottles. One of them with European subject is estimated $ 250 K. (SOLD 850 K$ including fees). On the same day some Chinese Imperial robes are expected around $ 300 K. (SOLD a surcoat of noble woman 241 K$ including fees, no other result in that price range)

In the sale of Tajan in Paris on February 19: an Eskimo mask having once belonged to the Rasmussen collection (220 K€). The Lebel collection, sold by Calmels Cohen on December 4, 2006, let us discover in depth these extraordinary objects. We hope that this one reaches the expected price. (UNSOLD)

On April 16-19, in Rosemont (Illinois), Heritage sells one 1 silver dollar of 1804, a model of which 15 copies are known including 8 in Class I. (SOLD 3.7 M$ including fees). From this house, I note the sale at 825 K$ last December of an Inverted Jenny stamp, not the same copy as I had included in my review in 2007.

The important sets can better define the valuations, we will therefore be interested with a set of 800 ceramics by Charles Catteau which will be sold by Massol at Drouot on 21 and 22 February. (SOLD 30 K € each before fees, two sandstone vases with animal scenery; other significant price for vases of similar description).

One of the big sales for the year will be dispersed by Christie's New York : the Helmsley estate will occupy 15 sessions.