Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale Makes a Statement Without Screaming

Bullet Shih May, 2012 0
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Munch's Scream in the background as Christie's holds Imperssionist and Modern Sale

While many in the world of art and money are awaiting Sotheby’s auction this evening where a version of Munch’s Scream is expected to go anywhere from $80 to $200 millon, Christie’s put together a solid Impressionist and Modern sale last evening with the total $117.1 million within the estimates of $90.5 – 130.2 million.  The relatively small sale of 31 lots had only 3 lots fail to find bidders.  A unique watercolor by Cezanne of a Card Player was the top lot at $19.1 million after the work came to market in light of the Qatari Government recently paying  a whopping $250 million for a painted version of the Card Player series.   A colourful Matisse still life Les Pivoines also fetched $19.1 million.  Some nice Picassos and a painting by Monet of haystacks rounded out the top lots.

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