Historic results for Impressionist & Modern Art at Sotheby’s New York – November 4th, 2014

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The Evening Sale totaled an exceptional $422.1 million, marking the highest total for any auction in Sotheby’s history.     Alberto Giacometti’s legendary Chariot is the second sculpture in auction history to cross $100 million, achieving $100,965,000, the second-highest auction price for the artist, and second-highest price for any sculpture at auction. One of only two casts remaining in private hands, which has remained in the same private collection for more than four decades. Sotheby’s holds the reigning world auction record for Giacometti as well as for a sculpture by any artist, set at Sotheby’s London in February 2010 by the artist’s L’homme qui marche I, which sold for $104.3 million.

Amedeo Modigliani’s totemic goddess Tête established a new world auction record for the artist, selling for $70,725,000.   Never before offered at auction, and one of few examples from the series remaining in private hands, breaking the artist’s previous auction record of $69 million, set at Sotheby’s in 2010 by the canvas Nu assis sur un divan (La belle romaine).

Three works by Claude Monet from a Private American Collection totaled $61.9 million, led by Alice Hoschedé au jardin from 1881 that achieved $33,765,000 million – a new auction record for a portrait by the artist. Vincent van Gogh’s Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies fetched $61,765,000, marking a new auction record for any still life by the artist, as well as the highest auction price for Van Gogh since 1998.

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