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Cars record auction for a work by Gustave Caillebotte sold at $ 53 million

14:02  12 november  2021
14:02  12 november  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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more than $ 300 million, including nearly half for Van Gogh, and a rare shot of cailbotta bought for a record sum by a large American museum : The auction for an impressionist collection at Christie's in New York has shown the vitality of the art market on the evening of Thursday, November 11.

  Enchère record pour une œuvre de Gustave Caillebotte vendue à 53 millions de dollars © Provided by FranceInfo

The Christie's auction house found the public in New York, after several entirely virtual seasons because of the pandemic. And with more than $ 300 million, the auction on Thursday, November 11 of an impressionist collection, showed the great vitality of the art market.

Record sprayed for a caillebot

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The young man at his window of Gustave Caillebotte was bought for $ 53 million (commission and fees included) by the Getty Museum of Los Angeles, spraying the record for auction of the French painter more in Never side, which ran until $ 22 million (walking path at Christie's in London in 2019). The Getty Museum welcomed the purchase of the Caillebotte, a "masterpiece of modern urban realism of the nineteenth century (...) considered the most important painting of the French impressionist in private hands", and announced that it would expose the table in 2022.

of a dimension of 116 cm high for 81 cm wide, this oil on canvas represents a man in dark suit of back on his window, which seems to look at a woman off , with a perspective view on a street and Haussmanian buildings in Paris.

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"We already knew that the high quality cailbotters were sought (...) it lacked a consecration like this, in a public sale and more with a destination which is a very large museum," reacted the general manager From Christie's, Guillaume Cerutti. This table was one of the COX collection, the name of the Texan industrialist died in 2020 Ed Cox, who had sought to assemble the best of the Impressionists.

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Three works by Vincent Van Gogh totaled more than $ 150 million, including wooden cabins among olive trees and cypress, sold $ 71.3 million, becoming the Fourth the most expensive board of the artist at auction according to Christie's.

The young man at the blueberry, created by the Dutch painter just before his death at 37 years, sold $ 46.7 million. A record was beaten for a paper work of Van Gogh, a gouache and watercolor, wheat grinders, part at $ 35.8 million. This work had been seized by the Nazis during the Second World War and had disappeared from the traffic, before being redeemed by Ed Cox.

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Christie's had clarified before the sale that an agreement had intervened with the heirs of Max Meirowsky and those of Alexandrine de Rothschild, who had successively belonged the work stolen by the Nazis.

The art market in full

form also sold Monet, Degas, Renoir or Berthe Morisot. A painting by Paul Cézanne, the Red Roof Estacle, sold $ 55.3 million. The COX collection, whose 23 lots were sold, totaled $ 332 million.

In the same evening, Christie's has obtained good results during a 20th century sale, including a portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat by Andy Warhol sold $ 40 million, or musketeer at Picasso Pipe II (34.7 million of dollars).

The auction house found the public in New York, but in a hybrid format, where it was possible to bid physically from the room, via rooms connected to London and Hong Kong, or also online. "We knew that despite the Covid, the demand remained very strong. Last year, we had more difficulties on the supply side, because the sellers wanted to wait. This year, the elements are better aligned," A explained Guillaume Cerutti.

The highlight of this season is expected Monday at Sotheby's, with the Macklowe contemporary art collection, considered the most expensive ever auction.

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