Led by a Prized Francis Picabia, Sotheby’s First-Ever Surrealist Sale in Paris Nets $36 Million

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A nearly 100-year-old movement focused on the unconscious desires and impulses of the human mind, Surrealism has earned serious love from the world of art.

As The Kasmin Gallery will provide a detailed study of the late Surrealist Dorothea Tanning, while Tate in London will host a major study of the movement that moved from Met in New York, while Sotheby’s was hosted last night on March 16th. Dedicated and successful $ 36 million (Euro 33 million) evening sale in Paris.

Surrealism is often Put the spotlight on London’s evening sale. For example, Christie’s included a series of works that moved from Shanghai to London at the end of the March 1 sale.

However, according to the company, Sotheby’s “Surrealism and its Legacy” auction was the first Surrealist-only auction in Paris.

The event “comes at a time when Surrealism is gaining international attention from institutions and collectors,” the auction house said in a statement.

It also said Event It was performed “in the exact same room” as a groundbreaking show in 1964 to commemorate the movement’s 40th anniversary. The show included “many major artists themselves participated”.

Rene Magritte, Lepaysage fantôme (1928). Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.

auction Twenty-three lots were included, all of which were sold, one with a sales rate of 95.7%. (By comparison, the Surrealist portion of Christie’s sale contained 20 lots, all of which were sold. The final total is $ 52 million [£39.9 million]).

The best-selling work was Francis Picabia’s work Pavonia According to the Artnet Price Database, (1929) sold for $ 10.9 million (€ 10 million), setting a new record for artists surpassing the record high of $ 8.8 million in November 2013.

The picture that Sotheby’s called “One of the most fascinating and majestic examples of Picabia’s iconic transparencies” He hired several other artists to decorate his apartment in Paris, and at the same time received an artist’s request from dealer Leonce Rosenberg.

Another Picabia is Nu de dos (1940–42) has been in the same private collection since 1989 and sold for $ 3.5 million (€ 3.3 million). This work belongs to the artist’s “female nude” series drawn during World War II and was inspired by the erotic photographs of the 1930s published in magazines. Picabia’s expression, which paid attention to the details and lighting of her original photo, was controversial.

The second most expensive lot was Hans Arp’s painting L’O et l’U de l’oiseau (1928), sold for $ 3.8 million (€ 3.4 million). Such wooden reliefs are one of Arp’s most popular pieces.

Leonor Fini and the Sphinx pour David Barrett (1954). Image courtesy of Sotheby's.

Leonor Fini, Sphinx pours David Barrett (1954). Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Four Magritte works from his 50-year career were put up for sale, with $ 7.8 million (€ 7.1 million) contributing to revenue. They also occupied 4 of the 10 most expensive lots.

Top Magritte Lepaysage fantôme (1928) sold for $ 2.3 million (€ 2.1 million), doubling its high estimate of € 1 million. continue Le Palais des la Courtesan (1929–30), sold for $ 2.5 million (€ 2.1 million), was once included in the collection of famous poet and Magritte’s friend Joë Bousquet. The two met in 1940 after Buske was seriously injured and paralyzed in World War I.

Meanwhile, later Magritte’s work, the title Bronze Rajokonde (Mona) Lisa) was invented in 1967 and was cast into bronze in 5 editions that year and sold for $ 1.9 million (€ 1.7 million). This sculpture was specially created for the gallery owner, Alexandre Iorus.

Le bon tempsA 1966 paper collage depicting a moon-kissed artist wearing a famous bowler hat, sold for $ 1.36 million (€ 1.2 million).

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie Sans Titre (ANT 20) (1962) Image courtesy of Sotheby's.

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie Sans Titre (ANT 20) (1962). Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.

A special section of the sale was dedicated to the work of women’s Surrealism, which has been gaining more and more attention in recent years.

Dorothea Tanning (that Mele’s Nocturne Sold for $ 621,000 from 1958 [€567,000]) And Leonor Fini (that David Barrett’s Sphinx Sold for $ 131,000 from 1954 [€119,700]).

Persuasive work of the title Chambresecrètes ansferrure (1966) Also sold for $ 1.6 million by Toyen, a lesser-known name in the movement.

Lots by surrealist-influenced artists such as Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein were also on sale.

Fontanaof Conset Spagiare (1965) Achieved $ 1.4 million (1.3 million euros) from his Tagli series, but Klein’s Anthropométrie Sans Titre (ANT 20) (1962), a blue picture of the signature from Swiss private collection for $ 2 million (€ 1.97 million). Backed by irreparable bids, it was guaranteed to sell.

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