Christie’s Classic Week Live Sales Total: $51,113,875

Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

14 October 2021
TOTAL: $19,597,625

Christie's Classic Week Live Sales Total: $51,113,875
HENRY FUSELI (ZÜRICH 1741-1825 PUTNEY HEATH, NEAR LONDON)
The incubus leaving two young women
Price Realized: $3,510,000
WORLD AUCTION RECORD

The Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sale totaled $19,597,625. The top lot of sale was Henry Fuseli’s iconic The incubus leaving two young women, which achieved $3,510,000 and established a new world auction record for the artist.

Additional auction records were set for Angelica Kauffman with Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, which sold for $1,110,000, and Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier with La Magnanimite de Lycurgue (The Magnanimity of Lycurgus), which achieved $1,050,000.

Additional notable lots include An Allegory of Winter by Lucas Van Valckenborch I and Georg Flegel which realized $2,070,000 and a Portrait of a young gentleman, half-length, in a blue doublet and white shirt, with a black hat by Giuliano Bugiardini which sold for $1,350,000.

Always in Style: Old Master Drawings from the Collection of Herbert Kasper

14 October 2021
TOTAL: $6,145,250

Christie's Classic Week Live Sales Total: $51,113,875
PRAGUE SCHOOL, 16TH CENTURY
A rearing horse held by a boy in a stormy landscape
Price Realized: $954,000

The Old Master Drawings from the Collection of Herbert Kasper totaled $6,145,250 and was 156% hammer sold above the low estimate. The top lot of the sale was Prague School, 16th Century, A rearing horse held by a boy in a stormy landscape, which realized $954,000, more than triple its low estimate.

Jennifer Wright, Chairman’s Office, remarks: “Today’s exceptional results for Old Master drawings from the collection of Herbert Kasper were a testament to Kasper’s discerning eye and exquisite taste. As one of the foremost collectors of Old Master drawings in America, his single-owner sale attracted bidders from New York, London, and Paris, collectors both old and new, as well as museum interest.

World record records were set for Giuseppe Cesari, called Il Cavaliere d’Arpino’s mannerist masterpiece, An angel in flight ($834,00) – the highest price for a drawing or painting by the artist, and Taddeo Zuccaro’s A seated man and studies of a male figure behind him ($750,000), while the Prague School, 16th Century composition of A rearing horse held by a boy in a stormy landscape ($954,000) exceeded its auction price when it first appeared on the market in 2013, demonstrating that extraordinary works can capture collectors’ attention without an attribution.

We look forward to the sale of Impressionist and Modern and PostWar and Contemporary works from the collection during 20/21 week in November.”

The Exceptional Sale

13 October 2021
TOTAL: $6,440,000

Christie's Classic Week Live Sales Total: $51,113,875
PROPERTY RESTITUTED TO THE HEIRS OF MAXIMILIAN BARON VON GOLDSCHMIDT-ROTHSCHILD
A SILVERED BRONZE, ENAMELED SILVER AND GILT-BRONZE ELEPHANT AUTOMATON CLOCK
AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1600-1610
Price Realized: $2,610,000

The Exceptional Sale achieved a total of $6,440,000. The top lot of the sale was an Ausburg Elephant-form automaton clock restituted to the Heirs of Maximilian Baron Von Goldschmidt-Rothschild which totaled $2,610,000, above its estimate of $700,000-1,000,000.

A group of significant electric guitars was among the top lots of the sale led by Les Paul’s personal ‘Number One’ Goldtop Gibson, circa 1952, which realized $930,000, and B.B. King’s ‘Lucille,’ a semi-hollow-body Gibson electric guitar, circa 1967, which sold for $625,000 and set a record for a ‘Lucille’ guitar. A pair of bronze busts Un Jeune Japonaise; Un Japonais by Émile-Coriolan-Hippolyte Guillemin totalled $362,500.

European Art Part I

13 October 2021
TOTAL: $10,049,250

Christie's Classic Week Live Sales Total: $51,113,875
HERBERT JAMES DRAPER (British, 1864-1920)
The Mountain Mists
Price Realized: $2,010,000

The European Art Part I sale achieved a total of $10,049,250. The top lot of the sale was Herbert James Draper’s The Mountain Mists which totaled $2,010,000.

Additional top lots include Peder Severin Krøyer’s Summer Evening on Skagen Beach, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, which sold for $930,000, Sir Alfred Munnings’ After the Race, Cheltenham which realized $846,000, and William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Retour des champs, which achieved $762,000.

Antiquities

12 October 2021
TOTAL: $8,881,750

Christie's Classic Week Live Sales Total: $51,113,875
AN EGYPTIAN BASALT FALCON
LATE PERIOD, 30TH DYNASTY,
REIGN OF NECTANEBO II TO PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 380-30 B.C.
Price Realized: $4,830,000

The Antiquities sale achieved a total of $8,881,750, with 83% sold by lot and 131% hammer sold above the low estimate. The top lot was an Egyptian Basalt Falcon, Late Period, 30th Dynasty, Reign of Nectanebo II to Ptolemaic Period, 380-30 B.C. which sold for $4,830,000, surpassing its estimate of $1,500,000-2,000,000.

Additional top lots include an important Sasanian Bronze Royal Portrait bust, circa 5th-7th century A.D from the Estate of Yris R. Solomon, which sold for $325,000, exceeding the estimate of $50,000-70,000; a striking Head of Isis, circa 2nd century A.D. from the Estate of Herbert Kasper which realized $237,500; and a Roman marble head of Apollo which totaled $200,000.

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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.

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