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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Christie's Paris: Hélène Rochas collection doubles auction estimates

The sale of the collection of Hélène Rochas on September 27 at Christie's Paris, comprising Modern Art, Art Déco, Furniture and European Art Objects, paintings and old master drawings, as well as drawings from the 19th century, has doubled estimates, totalizing €17,785,050/£12,557,790/$20,340,905, with 98% in value and 95% in lot.

 Under the gavel of Christie's France President François Ricqlès, experienced and emerging art collectors worldwide - 74% Europeans, 15% Americans and 5% Asiatics - manifested their interest in sale that saw four world records at auction and a right of first refusal carried out by the Musée d'Orsay.

 "Fiddle and Spanish Guitar" (1933) by Ben Nicholson was sold for €3,313,000/£2,635,823/$4,269,463, marking a record at auction for the artist.

 "Deux masques" (ca. 1925) by Jean Lambert-Rucki and Jean Dunand was sold for €385.000/£306.306/$496.150, also another record for the artists in a collective work.

Edgar Brant and Daum with "Lampadaire La Tentation" (ca. 1920-1926), sold for €265.000/£210.834/$341.506 and Diego Giacometti with "Table-Berceau, first version" (ca. 1963), sold for €1.297.000/£1.031.893/$1.671.444, achieved records at action for their creations.

 The Musée D'Orsay carried out its right of first refusal and took home a center cabinet/cabinet de milieu (ca. 1910) made of maple veneer, rosewood, oak, leather, painted and engraved ivory by Clément Mère for €67.000/£53.305/$86.343.

 Worthy of notice among the paintings of renowned artists that covered the walls of Hélène Rochas' apartment at rue Barbet de Jouy à Paris dans le VIIème, is Wassily Kandinsky's "Braunes Schweigen,"  sold for €2.137.000/£1.700.197/$2.753.952.

 During the previous 14 days before the auction,  5259 visited the exhibition.

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