Creuzevault was a French gallerist who continued the art dealing tradition started by her father Henri. He started as a book binder and opened an art gallery in Paris in 1957.
The 46-lot auction, held in Paris on November 20, raised a premium-inclusive total of just over €3.27m. The highlight was this 1927 abstracted landscape, Fôret, by the Surrealist Max Ernst (1981-76).
Henri was an acquainance of Ernst, mounting an exhibition of 32 works by the artist in his Avenue Matignan gallery in 1958. This 2ft 1in x 2ft 7in (65 x 81cm) oil on canvas signed lower right, had passed down by descent to Colette from her father and sailed past its €300,000-500,000 guide to take €1.06m (£963,635).
The Picasso drawing of a Pierrot from 1971, a 13 x 9in (32 x 22cm) work on card, in black and coloured felt tip marker pen heightened with white chalk, which was previewed in ATG No 2460, sold for €210,000 (£190,910) against a guide of €130,000-150,000.