Christie’s New York fall classic week sales brought in a total of $73.8 million across 10 auctions; $66.3 million was generated in live sales and $7 million in online sales. The auction house reported 48 percent of the works sold achieved prices above the high estimates.
The result surpasses the house’s October 2019 New York classic week total of $59.9 million achieved across a total of nine sales.
A major deaccession of 12 works from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, which has caused consternation among some commenters, injected some drama into this season’s fall classic week sales. In the $24 million Old Masters sale last week on October 15, Lucas Cranach the Elder’s 16th-century painting Lucretia, realized $5.1 million after competition from five bidders and was the second highest selling work across ten auctions. Property from the Brooklyn Museum sold across the European Part I and Old Masters sales saw 10 of the 12 lots generate a total of $6.8 million, more than double the pre-sale low estimate of $2.4 million.
Other tops lots in that sale included 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s, The Triumph of Galatea, which sold for $2.1 million, double the low estimate. The price comes along with the opening of London’s National Gallery survey of the artist. Elsewhere in the sale, Anthony Van Dyck‘s rediscovered portrait of a military official sold for $2 million.