Miró's Peinture Etoile Bleue up 22.9% pa since 2007
Mir's Peinture Etoile Bleue up 22.9% pa since 2007
Joan Mir's Peinture Etoile Bleue has sold for $36.9m, breaking the artist's record by 22.9%
Joan Mir's Peinture (Etoile Bleue) sold for 23.6m in London last night (June 19), setting a new world record for the Spanish surrealist.
The 1927 work was the star turn at Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, which achieved 12.4% more than the same event last year.
Mir's Peinture Etoile Bleue made 23.6m
Peinture (Etoile Bleue) last sold in Paris in December 2007 for 9.3m, which corresponds to a 22.9% pa return - a figure that is certain to make investors in art take notice.
The Mir record was previously held by his 1925 Painting-Poem, which made 16.8m in February. It represents a 40.5% rise for the record.
The sale is clear evidence of the strength of the market for Mir, and Helena Newman, Sotheby's head of Impressionist and Modern art in Europe, explained the reasons behind his popularity.
"[Mir's] works from this period are supremely modern, timeless and of great universal appeal, making this precisely the type of painting that today's international collectors are looking for," she said.
Picasso's Homme Assis was the second top lot at the sale. Painted in 1972, a year before his death, it met its estimate with a 6.2m showing.
Pierre Bonard's 1931 Nu Debout also sold within estimate for 5.6m, a record for a nude by the artist.
Kees Van Dongen's striking 1908 avant-garde paintingLailla made 3.7m.
Impressionist and Modern buyers will head across town to Christie's tonight, where Renoir's1888 work Baigneuse will appear with a 18m valuation.
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