Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Auctions Fall 2015

1. LONDON.- Phillips will offer at auction a rare and important collection of 32 etchings by Lucian
Freud, one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century and a modern master of printmaking. The group spans the majority of the period from 1982 to 2004 when the artist rediscovered and rededicated himself to printmaking and when etching became integral to his practice. Highlighting the scope of his achievements in the medium, the collection includes depictions of his most famous sitters, including Sue Tilley, Leigh Bowery, David Dawson and his daughter, Bella, as well as canine portraits, landscapes and works after old masters.More Information:

2. LONDON.- The finest Blue Period work by Pablo Picasso to come to auction in a generation and a seminal Waterlilies by Claude Monet will be offered in Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York on 5 November 2015. Both works are on offer from the remarkable collection of William I. Koch – American entrepreneur, collector and America’s Cup winner.Picasso painted the stunning La Gommeuse in 1901, emboldened by the success of his first exhibition in Paris but reeling from his friend Carlos Casagemas’s suicide. The work exemplifies the poignancy,
introspection and sexual charge of this seminal moment in the history of Modernism (estimate upon request). More Information:

3. BOULDER, CO.- Provenance is always desirable, no matter what the collecting category may be, but when the object of pursuit is a premier cultural antiquity, prior ownership and the assurance that an item is legal to purchase escalate from “important” to “absolutely essential.” Artemis Gallery’s owners, Bob and Teresa Dodge, established their company on a foundation of knowledge and
integrity, issuing an unconditional guarantee that every piece they offer is authentic and unquestionably legal for bidders to purchase. And it is that steadfast business mantra that continues to bring Artemis Gallery the caliber of consignments such as those seen in their Oct. 22 online auction of Exceptional Ancient, Asian and Ethnographic Art. More Information:

5.FALLS CHURCH, VA.- On Saturday, October 24, Quinn’s Auction Galleries  will offer nearly 600 lots of Pre-Columbian, African and Native-American arts in their first of a series of Ethnographic Art auctions. The sale will feature a wide array of objects for buyers at all price points, and all forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet.
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6. NEW YORK (AFP).- An extremely rare and fully operational Nazi Enigma machine from World War II has sold for $365,000 in New York, setting a new record at auction, Bonhams said Thursday. The M4 machine, which was built between 1943 and 1945, is one of around 150 to have survived from an estimated 1,500 that were built as Nazi Germany fought to fend off the Allies. A
spokeswoman for Bonhams said the $365,000 sale price set a new world record for an Enigma machine sold at auction. The purchaser at Wednesday's sale was identified only as a private collector. More Information:

7. PARIS With a final result of €11.1 million, Sotheby's auction of African and Oceanic art achieved the second highest total in this field in France since the market opened. The highest bid went to the Masque-double, which sold for €5,411,000 (estimate €2-3 million), establishing a world record for a BaulĂ© piece and the second highest price for any African mask. A majestic female head, probably of a Queen Mother, from the Casier collection, reached a final price of €855,000, a world
record for an Akan work. The Durand-Dessert collection achieved great successes, with an ancient Moba sculpture from Togo selling for €243,000 and a Lega ivory mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo selling for €291,000. More Information:

8. NEW YORK (AFP).- " Christie's on Monday smashed world record prices at auction for Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein, selling works by the artists for $170.4 million and $95.37 million respectively.
Modigliani's "Nu Couche" or "Reclining Nude," painted in 1917-18, sold in New York after a frantic nine-minute bidding war in the first time the painting has ever come to auction. 
It was the second highest price ever achieved at auction for a work or art, Christie's said. Applause erupted in the packed room when the sale concluded. The world record is $179.4 million for Picasso's "The Women of Algiers (Version 0)" -- which the auction house sold in New York last May in a record-breaking spring season.
The Modigliani oil on canvas depicts a naked woman reclining on a luscious red couch and blue cushion, and provoked a scandal when it was first exhibited by the Italian artist in Paris.
A crowd gathered outside the window and outraged police ordered the exhibition to shut down immediately....."

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