Exceptional Results For The Marion Lambert Collection Achieving €8,3 Million

On 25 & 26 May 2021, Christie’s hosted the sale of the collection of Marion Lambert which realised a total of €8,315,000/ £7,180,484/ $10,174,751 selling 97% by lot and 99% by value. These exceptional results reflect the relevant choices Baroness Marion Lambert had made throughout her life with the most exquisite taste. To continue Marion Lambert’s engagement, her son Henri Lambert decided to have 30 lots of the collection sold to benefit the association War Child. The total of this selection achieved €1,253,750.

Cécile Verdier, President Christie’s France, and Lionel Gosset, Head of sale: “Continuing Christie’s long history of offering prestigious collections at auction, we are honored to have paid such a beautiful tribute to Baroness Marion Lambert. This collection celebrated her taste which included Design, Post-war and Contemporary Art, Photography, and Jewelry.

The pristine quality of the works has attracted bidders from 34 countries, establishing once again Christie’s France’s leadership in selling collections with success. We are honored to have been entrusted by Marion Lambert’s son, Henri Lambert, whose involvement in this sale was key to its great success. ”

Exceptional Results For The Marion Lambert Collection Achieving €8,3 Million

Marion Lambert and one of her beloved Fiat

Connoisseurs and collectors were present in the room, on the phone, and online to pay tribute to an exceptional woman who was convinced by her choices; becoming one of the first woman collectors. These great results demonstrate continued interest in high-quality 20th-century pieces such as the important work My wife # 2 by Richard Prince which sold for €437,500 (lot 35), the bureau “présidence N.201″ by Jean Prouvé which realised €300,000 (lot 60) and Gary Hume’s Back of a Snowman (Poppy) which was sold for €237,500, more than three times its high estimate (lot 46).

The classical furniture which was adorning Marion Lambert’s homes achieved strong prices, as illustrated by a splendid late Louis XV ebony bureau plat, cartonnier and its ormulu bronze clock which achieved €462,500 (lot 30) and by the immense Ernest Boiceau’s carpet which sold for €237,500 (lot 32). The section dedicated to jewels was highlighted by the magnificent Sheep head clip by JAR which is the top lot of this entire auction selling for an impressive €500,000, a very high price for a piece created by the mythical jeweler JAR (lot 1).

The group of 13 silver prints by Mike Kelley, Untitled &-13 (Dust), 1994-1999 was the top lot of the photographs section achieving €150,000 (lot 41), followed by the Autoportrait of Claude Cahun which sold for €122,500, doubling its high estimate (lot 42). Further highlights included the Hairstyles series by J.D Okhai Ojeikere (lot 268) which sold for €42,500.


Lot 121

Exceptional Results For The Marion Lambert Collection Achieving €8,3 Million

Lari Pittman (né en 1952)
Untitled #1
signed and dated ‘Lari Pittman 2007’ (on the reverse)
alkyd and spray paint on gessoed canvas mounted on panel
86 x 102 in.
Executed in 2007.
Estimate: €30,000-50,000
Sold: €200,000

Lot 29

Exceptional Results For The Marion Lambert Collection Achieving €8,3 Million

Type: 600 Ghia beach “Jolly”
Series No.: 575769
Year of first registration: 1959
Estimate: €30,000-40,000
Sold: €137,500

Lot 22

Exceptional Results For The Marion Lambert Collection Achieving €8,3 Million

Yves Oppenheim (né en 1948)
acrylic on four assembled paper sheets laid down on panel
110 ¼ x 78 in.
Executed in 1989.
Estimate: €1,000-1,500
Sold: €10,625


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.