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Christie’s Paris Avant-Garde = €29.6m
Experimenting with a sale organized to take advantage of visitors to the newly revived FIAC, Christie’s had a strong sale of Modern and Contemporary art today. The top lot was Pablo Picasso’s Guitar. It was followed by several familiar names in the French market Zao Wou-ki, Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Staël and Jean Arp who have all been experiencing strong and active sales. The surprise was Pierre Alechinsky who had a work double his former record price to make €1.38m.
Christie’s gave out a break down by category of the sales:
- The Impressionist and Modern Art section realised €11,431,000 including Fernand Léger's Nature morte which sold for €1,039,500 and Chaïm Soutine's La place de la Liberté à Céret realised €877,500.
- The Contemporary Art section totalled €18,278,000 with a strong price established for Zao Wou Ki's 01.04.1986 which sold for €2,857,000 against a presale estimate of €800,000-1,200,000 and for Pierre Soulages' Peinture 97 x 130cm, 5 juin 1962, sold for €2,632,500.
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