Even without the Rockefeller sales, the balance of excitement this season continues to lean heavily toward the Modern market. By far, the highest value lots on offer are works from the early 20th Century led by the Modigliani nude at Sotheby's but also including the Malevich there, two Picassos and Christie's and a very, very valuable Matisse.
With that in mind, we're taking a close look at some 12-year charts produced by our friends at Pi-eX who have tried to create a consistent measure of the various owner Impressionist and Modern Evening sales excluding single-owner sales and specialty sales that have become a staple of the New York seasons.
Looking at the numbers for the Evening sales, we can see some striking trends that have become more pronounced over the last few years.
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