Record total at Sotheby’s Paris: €94.4M for Modern and Contemporary Art

Spotlights on Paris art market, which does not miss shots even in this busy autumn of fairs and auctions worldwide . On December 3-4, Sotheby’s hosted the auction of Impressionist & Modern Art and Contemporary Art , totaling € 94.4 million , with significant achievements in both segments . The modern , with € 43.4 million , took home the highest result ever achieved for Sotheby’s France; the contemporary , with its € 51 million , the highest total of this year in Paris.
The protagonists of these two days were big names such as Amedeo Modigliani, with the portrait of Roger Dutilleul, 1919, sold at €6.5 million, the most expensive painting of 2013 in France, six works by Marc Chagall reached €3.6 million. A work that appeared for the first time on the market by Wassily Kandinsky, Im Dreieck Bunt (1927), sold at € 1.7 million. Confirmed interest in Pablo Picasso, in the catalog with Le Baiser (1967) , from the series of kisses made between 1967-69 , which has doubled the estimate rising at € 605.500 . A Musketeer , 1964, sold at € 1.6 million , and finally, The Artist and his Model has exceeded one million , arriving at €1.1 million.
In the contemporary , the highest result for Joan Mitchell since 2008 , with a work from the series Grande Vallée, sold at €3.6 million. Record for Simon Hantaï at €2.6 million with MA5 . (1960), and for Zao Wou Ki in France , € 2.6 million , with the work 01.12.64 (1964). Great result for Nicolas de Staël , with Sicilian Temple ( 1953) , an early landscape painting by the artist after his trip to Italy ( € 1.5 million) . From the Parisian school five works, all sold, Pierre Soulages , including Peinture of dimensions 195 x 130cm, 1957 (€ 1.5 million). In conjunction with the retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris , Serge Poliakoff has sold well within the estimates of the three works in the catalog.
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