Edvard Munch's Der Kuss realises $185,000 at Armory Show sale


2015-06-26 13:30:34


Edvard Munch's Der Kuss realises $185,000 at Armory Show sale

Edvard Munch's Der Kuss led a collection paying homage to the great exhibition

An impression of Der Kuss (1895) by Edvard Munch has sold for $185,000 at Swann Auction Galleries' Armory Show at 100 sale in New York on November 5.

Only 20 impressions are known to exist, with just six auctioned in the last 25 years. The lot performed well, achieving a hammer price towards the higher end of its $150,000-200,000 estimate.

Munch Der Kiss SwannOnlysix impressions of Der Kuss have auctioned in the past 25 years

Munch is one of the world's best known artists, and his work has sold for astronomical prices in the past.

The Scream, his most recognisable piece, became the most valuable painting ever auctioned when it sold for $120m at Sotheby's New York last year.

John Marin's Woolworth Building (the Dance) realised $81,250. The print is one of an edition of 30, only 10 of which have been auctioned in the past 25 years.

John Marin Woolworth BuildingMarin was an early American modernist

Marin (1870-1953) was one of the first American modernists to explore abstraction. He often painted in watercolours, and was a significant influence on later painters - particularly the abstract expressionists.

In 2005, Sailboat, Brooklyn Bridge, New York Style made $1.2m - a record price for his work at auction.

Marcel Duchamp's La Mariee (1934) hammered for $40,000 against an estimate of $12,000-18,000 - up 122%.

Jacques Villon, Duchamp's brother and lifelong collaborator, carried out the etching - which was based on Duchamp's iconic La Mariee mise a nu par ses celibataires (The bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even).

The print is signed by both artists and is numbered 94 of 200.

A number of other high profile sales of impressionist and modern art are taking place this week in New York, including the sale of a number of works by Joaquin Sorolla at Sotheby's.

We have this postcard signed by Picasso - Duchamp's great rival.

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