Christie’s concluded the final two live sales of Fall Marquee Week on Saturday, November 19 with the Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper Sale followed by the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale. Together, these auctions achieved $46,747,752. The morning sale totalled $14,795,112, selling 91% by value, and 123% hammer against a low estimate. The afternoon sale totalled $31,952,640 selling 90% by value and 103% against the low estimate.
Combined with the Paul G. Allen Collection and the three-day series of 20th and 21st Century Evening and Day Sales, the results brought the running total of Christie’s Fall season to $2,169,059,476.
Coucher de soleil by Claude Monet led the Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper Sale, selling for $3,300,000—more than double its low estimate. Additional sale highlights included Mousquetaire, buste by Pablo Picasso which sold for $2,220,000, Joan Miró’s Femme entourée d’oiseaux, which achieved $604,800 and Odilon Redon’s La mort de Bouddha which realized $730,800.
The top lot of the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale was another work by the master painter Claude Monet, Deux femmes en barque, which achieved $2,820,000. Further highlights included Femmes et oiseaux dans la nuit by Joan Miró, which realized $1,134,000, more than double its low estimate, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Tête de jeune fille coiffée d’un chapeau de jardin, which sold for $2,040,000, more than eight times its low estimate, and René Magritte’s Nu allongé, selling for $1,560,000, more than three times its low estimate.
The sales showcased a selection of properties sold to benefit philanthropic initiatives, including the Roger Sant Collection, Property Sold To Benefit The Dina And Raphael Recanati Family Foundation, Property of the Jewish Museum, New York, as bequeathed by the Estate of Mildred Weissman, for sale to benefit acquisitions.
20/21 Fall Marquee Week sales will continue online through Monday, November 21 with Picasso Ceramics.