Monet and Magritte help Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern art sale to $110m


2015-06-26 12:15:15


Monet and Magritte help Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern art sale to $110m

It wasnt just Picassos La Lecture that excited bidders at the auction on Tuesday

As many artists found out during his lifetime, when Picasso's around it's hard to get noticed.

The 25m sale of Picasso's 1932 work La Lecture at Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern sale on Tuesday evening captured the attention of the world, but a number of items would have taken the limelight at any other auction.

Marino Marini's bronze L'Idea del cavaliere achieved 4.1m on the same night that Picasso stole the show,while an early landscape of the Seine by Claude Monet realised 3.4m. Painted in 1872 during the first throes of Impressionism, it was Monet's first major composition of the Argenteuil area.

Another standout piece was Lyonel Feininger's 1912 work Side-Wheel Steamer at the Landing, which made 3.1m, more than two-and-a-half times its estimate. The US-born artist displays both cubist and expressionist tendencies in this work.

Magrittes 2.5mLe Maitre dEcole

Rene Magritte's 1955 Le Maitre d'Ecole, which depicts a moon above a man in a bowler hat, realised 2.5m, significantly above its high end estimate of 1.2m. It was an auction record for a paper work by the artist. Another piece by Magritte, the 1960 La Joconde, made 2.44m.

A still life by Giorgio Morandi, Natura Morta, made 1.38m.

Picasso also had a number of other pieces up for grabs, including the less celebrated Compotier et Verres from 1943, which realised 802,850.

The 42-lot auction made 68.8m, within its pre-sale estimate of 55.6m to 79.3m.

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