The 201/4 by 153/4in (51.5 x 40cm) image was one of 57 lots from the collection of Irene and Howard Stein which is thought to be one of the premier collections of Lautrec prints in the world. With a subject matter fitting with the artist’s fascination for the theatre and fin de siècle Parisian cafe society, La Grande Loge sold to an American agent at $600,000 (£400,000).
La Grande Loge sells for $600,000
The Impressionist and Modern sales were not the only New York sales last week to smash auction records. Christie’s November 5-6 sale of 19th and 20th century prints brought an extraordinary record price for a single print by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. La Grande Loge, an 1897 lithograph in colours on wove paper, was an extremely rare and previously unrecorded colour trial proof produced before an edition of 12.