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The Paris Contemporary art sales were punctuated by some dramatic sales that drove the overall performance far above expectations. You can see from market share chart (above) provided by our friends at Live Auction Art that both Sotheby’s and Christie’s were able to exceed their pre-sale estimates by a significant margin. In both cases, the totals were helped by the performance of a single lot.
For Christie’s, that was Nicolas de Staël’s Flowers which made €8.25m or more than twice the low estimate. At Sotheby’s, the big lot was Kazuo Shiraga’s large and historically significant Takao which made more than four times the low estimate to reach €8.7m.
This analysis of the Spring 2018Paris Contemporary art sales results—including a look at market share by artist and a list of the most dynamic lots—is available to AMMpro subscribers. Subscribers get the first month free on monthly subscriptions. Feel free to cancel at any time before the month is up. Sign up for AMMpro here.
We will have a look at the historical sales numbers in Paris in another post. Here, let’s look at the composition of the Paris Post-War sales. Artcurial had a number of modern works in their sale which we have set aside so we can look at the Paris Post-War and Contemporary market.Continue Reading