Ten records! It was with this figure that Christie’s triumphantly presented its report on its auction of 7 March, which brought two wonderful weeks in London to an end. A few days later, following its evening of Impressionist and modern art, (see A Record for Magritte at Christie’s), the auction house succeeded in selling 56 of its 59 lots of contemporary art for a total of £94.6 million. This represented an increase of 65% on the same period last year.

Sales figures during 2016 reflected the persistent absence of spectacular sales, however, it seems that they are back as three works were sold at Christie’s for more than £10 million: Cobourg 3+1 More by Peter Doig (£12.7 million), No. 1 by Mark Rothko (£10.7 million) and Être et paraître by Jean Dubuffet (£10 million).

Christie's

Être et paraître, Jean Dubuffet (1963) © Christie’s

The evening boasted no fewer than ten artist records. Freischwimmer 186 by Wolfgang Tillmans, who currently has a retrospective at Tate Modern, went for £269,000. Another record was set by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the artist of Nigerian origin, whose works are very rarely presented on the market and who is currently very highly rated by collectors and institutions (see Prix Canson® Awarded to Njideka Akunyili Crosby). The Beautyful Ones quadrupled its estimate, selling for £2.5 million.

christie's record

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, The Beautyful Ones (2012) © Christie’s

Works by Albert Oehlen, Günther Uecker and Cecily Brown also reached record prices at Christie’s.

Closure of the South Kensington sales rooms

The day after the above sale, and despite its very good results, Christie’s issued a press release announcing restructuring and budgetary cuts. In particular, the auction house is closing its South Kensington sales room in London and reducing its staff at its Amsterdam branch. Guillaume Cerutti, Christie’s CEO, explained that the plan was to adapt to market developments and focus on Asia and online sales.

Related Posts
Christie's asia art asiatique asia week

Asia Week : Christie’s Achieves a Record Sale of Chinese Art in New York

Christie’s had already announced it at the release of its 2016 end-of-year statement: Asian art has the wind in its

TEFAF Maastricht 2017 TEFAF Art

Private Sales Booming According to the TEFAF Art Market Report

A week after the Artprice report (see China Once Again Leads the Art Market), it was the turn of the

Gustav Klimt

A landscape by Klimt fetches 48 million pounds at Sotheby’s

The day after the sale at Christie’s (see A Record for Magritte at Christie’s), Sotheby’s held its Impressionist and Modern

René Magritte Christie's record

A record for Magritte at Christie’s

Christie’s opened its London sales last night with an evening dedicated to Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art. It was of

Dmitri Rybolovlev

Dmitri Rybolovlev Sells Works From Personal Collection

Bloomberg has published an update on the battle between Yves Bouvier and Dmitri Rybolovlvev, written by Katya Kazakina and Hugo

Pin It on Pinterest