THE flagship art sales in London saw a good take up last week after estimates were cut by as much as 40 per cent from their boom levels.
With a period of correction now well underway at the top end of
the modern and contemporary market, Sotheby's and Christie's
offered tightly edited evening sales of Impressionist and Modern
Art on February 3 and 4 respectively.
Both salerooms took a tougher line with vendors to ensure that
works were pitched at much lower levels than they were last
As a result, the auctions saw impressive selling rates with
Sotheby's setting a £28.4m hammer total with 22 of their 29 lots
finding buyers, while Christie's made £55.4m with 39 of 47 lots
The top lot at Sotheby's was the Edgar Degas' bronze Petite
danseuse de quatorze ans, which made £11.8m against a £9m-12m
estimate, while the highest price at Christie's was for Dans la
prairie by Claude Monet which made £10m against an unpublished
estimate of around £15m.
Sotheby's held their Contemporary Art evening sale on February 5
which also saw a high selling rate with 25 of the 27 works sold for
a £15.4m total.
Christie's contemporary evening sale takes place on February
A report of the Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art
sales will appear in a future issue of ATG's printed newspaper. To
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By Alex Capon