Top 10 most surprising art sales first quarter 2011

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2015-06-26 10:28:55

Top 10 most surprising art sales first quarter 2011

1) Sans Titre, Wols. Against an estimate of $161,000-241,000, it sold for $4.2 million - 1,644% above the high estimate (Sotheby's London, Feb. 10)

2) Mother and Children, Hendra Gunawan. Against an estimate of $41,000-69,000, it sold for $880,000 - 1,165% above the high estimate (Christie's Amsterdam, March 8)

3) The Arrest of Samson, Anthony van Dyck. Against an estimate of $9,600-12,400, it sold for $135,000 - 987% above the high estimate (The Dorotheum Auction House, Feb. 24)

4) Snake charmer, Hendra Gunawan. Against an estimate of $41,000-69,000, it sold for $725,000 - 942% above the high estimate (Christie's Amsterdam, March 8)

5) Mao, Andy Warhol. Against an estimate of $20,000-30,000, it sold for $302,000 - 908% above the high estimate (Christie's New York, Jan. 11)

6) A portrait of Sir Robert Howard, Anthony van Dyck. Against an estimate of $20,000-30,000, it sold for $290,000 - 868% above the high estimate (Christie's New York, Jan. 26)

7) Samuel Barrett, John Singleton Copley. Againat an estimate of $20,000-40,000, it sold for $386,000 - 866% above the high estimate (Christie's New York, Jan. 21)

8) The Guitar Player, William Roberts. Against an estimate of $11,000-16,000, it sold for $151,000 - 835% above the high estimate (Bonhams New Bond Street, March 9)

9) Portrait of a Lady, Possibly a Member of the Brandt Family, Peter Paul Rubens. Against an estimate of $12,000-18,000, it sold for $164,000 - 813% above the high estimate (Sotheby's New York, Jan. 27)

10) Portrait of a Man, Pavel Tchelitchew. Against an estimate of $10,000-15,000 it sold for $122,000 - 1,780% above the high estimate (Sotheby's New York, March 16)

Source: MutualArt.com

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