Christie’s Old Master Drawings Total $6,198,012

Grand Total For Drawings In Two Sales: “Remastered: Old Masters from the collection of J.E. Safra” & “Old Master and British drawings”.

There was spirited bidding from North America, Europe, and China during Old Master & British Drawings, which made a total of $1,822,212, which is 149% hammer over low estimate, with more than 10% of bidders and buyers new to the Old Master Drawings category at Christie’s.

Christie's Old Master Drawings Total $6,198,012
A Seminude woman seated among reeds
red and black chalk, heightened with white, stumping, on light brown paper
Price Realized: $277,200

Leading the sale was Johannes Wierix’s Creation and Early History of Man in twenty scenes, a series of brown ink on vellum drawings that made $403,000. Other highlights include a figure study of a Seminude woman seated among reeds by François Boucher, which fetched $277,200; a sheet containing Two studies of an actor in the costume of Crispin by Jean-Antoine Watteau, which realized $182,700; and the Crucifixion of Christ by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, which made $176,400.

Christie's Old Master Drawings Total $6,198,012
Two studies of an actor in the costume of Crispin
Red chalk
Price Realized: $182,700

This sale follows Remastered: Old Masters from the Collection of J.E. Safra, which took place the day before, and included five drawings lots, among them Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s album of drawings illustrating the fables of La Fontaine that made a world-record price for the artist, $2,700,000.

Christie's Old Master Drawings Total $6,198,012
The Crucifixion of Christ
black chalk, brush and brown ink
Price Realized: $176.400

Christie’s International Head of Old Master Drawings, Stijn Alsteens said, “This is an extraordinary result for two days of Old Master and British Drawings sales, and further proof of the strength of this market and of Christie’s position within it.”


Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.