24 mai 2008

2505 Auction


A Lady of Constantinople is estimated £ 3 million at Sotheby's London on May 30. It is a painting by Osman Hamdy Bey, the first painter of the Middle East who has been influenced by Western art. (SOLD 3.4 M£ including fees).

The works of Bacon and Freud continue to arrive, attracted to the market by the recent major auction results on these artists.
On July 1, at Sotheby's London, there is a portrait of George Dyer by Bacon (£ 8 million). (SOLD 13.7 M£ including fees).

On June 30 in London, Christie's offers a self-portrait triptych by Bacon (£ 10 million; information provided by Bloomberg) (SOLD 17.2 M£ including fees) and a female nude by Freud (£ 10 million). (SOLD 11.8 M£ including fees).
On June 30, at Christie's, again in London, a work of Fontana expects £ 8 million. (UNSOLD).

On June 5 in Amsterdam, Christie's devotes a sale to Cobra, with a small oil on canvas by Appel (Lot 286, 130x81 cm, 300 K €) (SOLD 340 K€ including fees) and another by Jorn (Lot 275, 104 x 71 cm, 250 K € ). (UNSOLD)


A collector of Dallas sells at Christie's on June 30 a Balloon Flower (Magenta) by Koons. The Dallas Morning News unveils the estimate: £ 12 million. It is interesting to comment that the sale of this American work by its American owner takes place in London. (SOLD 12.9 M£ including fees).

There are two Banksy at Dreweatts on June 17 in London: an oil on canvas, Portrait of an artist (Lot 25, 100x140 cm, 150 K £) (UNSOLD) and a spray on board, Bombing middle England (Lot 96, 130x58 cm, 50 K £ ). (SOLD 120 K£ including fees). Information found on Artnet.

The two largest auction houses in China are currently organizing charity sales of contemporary art, following the earthquake. We see at Poly a peaceful painting by Zeng Fanzhi (180x260 cm) inspired by this disaster. (SOLD 6.7 M RMB including fees The sky of hope by Zeng Fanzhi). The sale of Poly takes place in Beijing on May 29. (SOLD 12.5 M RMB including fees a painting by Zhang Xiaogang).

China Guardian's auction stands in the same city from 25 to 27 May. (SOLD 33.5 MRMB, probably before fees, Blood May 2008, a 20 m x 2 m painting made by 29 artists directed by Ai Xuan, Yang Feiyun and Wang Yidong).


In an advertisement in La Gazette de l'Hotel Drouot, I saw a commode by Oeben (200 K €) (SOLD 300 K€ before fees) and another by Riesener (200 K €) (SOLD 380 K€ before fees) to sell at Osenat in Fontainebleau on June 29. The catalogue is not yet online.

New date: an Ours polaire salon by Royère, composed of three pieces, which I announced in my chronicle of January 20, will be sold by Sotheby's Paris on June 3 (300 K €, lot 51). (SOLD 520 K€ including fees). The same day, a catalogue of 22 separate lots can refresh the value of Marc du Plantier (lots 68 to 89). (SOLD 145 K€ including fees a pair of tables).


For the benefit of works of charity, half of it for relief in Sichuan, Christie's Hong Kong sells on May 27 a Qianlong glass enamel brushpot (SOLD 73 MHK$ including fees). Its owner had acquired it at the same place on November 27, 2007, for 67.5 MHK$ fees included. The announcement was released on May 20.


Christie's sells icons in London on June 9. A great icon of the Apocalypse (142x131 cm), made at Novgorod at the end of the seventeenth century, is expected at 180 K £ (Lot 55). (SOLD 360 K£ including fees).

Change date: the Fabergé cigarette box, which I announced in my column of March 9, will be sold by Coutau-Bégarie at Drouot on May 28 (30 K €, lot 45). (UNSOLD). In the same sale, lot 128 is a silver samovar, also by Fabergé (150 K €). (SOLD 150 K€ before fees).

I had already announced it in Jewellery section: at the sale of the jewels of Christina Onassis at Christie's in London on June 11, a jade Buddha by Fabergé is estimated 250 K £. (SOLD 1.27 M£ including fees). On the same day but in another sale, there are a Cross of the Order of St George (200 K £) (SOLD 480 K£ including fees) and a sword with diamonds (150 K £). (SOLD 180 K£ including fees). These memorabilia come from a Romanov grand duke.


In the sale of Sotheby's in Paris on June 11, we noted an Afro-Portuguese salt cellar (400 K €, lot 120), (SOLD 1.3 M€ including fees), a king's head in bronze from Benin (300 K €, lot 130) (SOLD 530 K€ including fees) and a uli statuette of New Ireland (250 K €, lot 45). (SOLD 700 K€ including fees).


Prestigious race cars will be sold by Bonhams and Butterfields on August 15 at Quail Lodge, California: the prototype of the Jaguar E type (1960) estimated $ 7 million (SOLD 4.5 M$ before fees) and a 1970 Porsche that belonged to Steve McQueen (1.5 M $). (Withdrawn ?)


In a sale devoted to the marine of the Loire, by Néret Minet et Tessier at Drouot on June 13, lot 122, estimated 12 K €, is a faïence of Nevers dated 1785, 35 cm in diameter, showing a series of boats. (SOLD 17.5 K€ before fees).


On June 6, in Berne, Kornfeld Gallery devotes 100 numbers to lithographs and bronzes of Daumier. (SOLD, before fees : 18 KCHF la Rue Transnonain ; 68 KCHF a lithographic stone, 27x33x3 cm ; 85 KCHF a bronze self-portrait 73 cm high).


Lot 33 of the sale of Alde in Paris on June 3 is an Histoire de la Princesse Boudour by Mardrus illustrated by Schmied and decorated with original gouaches by the artist (150 K €). (SOLD 300 K€ before fees).

On June 17 at Christie's in New York, the original edition of De revolutionibus by Copernic is estimated 900 K $, (SOLD 2.2 M$ including fees), a collection of Tests offprints corrected by Einstein 150 K $, (SOLD 315 K$ including fees) and the first telephone directory, indicating the list in 1878 of the 391 subscribers of New Haven, 30 K $. (SOLD 170 K$ including fees).


On June 7 at Antiquorum in Hong Kong, Lot 417 is a Patek Philippe of 1868 later monogramed for Rothschild. (SOLD 650 KHK$ before fees).


18 salt paper prints by Salzmann showing Jerusalem will be presented by Leclere in Marseilles on June 7 (lots 202 to 219). Their estimates range from 1.5 to 6 K €. (SOLD 6 lots, maximum 12 K€ before fees).


The Australian agency AAP announces a decoration of the First World War, a Victoria Cross, for 600 KA$ on May 27 at Sotheby's. (SOLD 470 KA$ on a low estimate of 400 KA$).