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Christie and Sotheby flavour rip-roaring success

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old master paintingChristie and Sotheby saw an overwhelming response to the evening sales of Old Master paintings held this week. A record-breaking 101 paintings worth £53.54 million were sold between the two premier international auction houses.

Christie alone managed to rake in £20.28 million from the 48 lots that were sold.

The collection of paintings on auction at the Christie’s included works like “Venetian Ladies on a Balcony,” done by Eugen von Blaas in 1875. The very first lot had a scene signed in 1635 by the ambiguous Jacob Duck. The painting, estimated to be sold between £40,000 to £60,000 plus the sale charge, fetched a yum £127,250.

The huge still life painted by Willem Heda in the mid-1640s got an amazing £1.38 million, setting a world record for the artist. The auctions saw the setting up of another world record when Fra Bartolommeo’s “The Madonna and Child in a Landscape with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist” got a monstrous £2.17 million. The picture dates back to 1516 and is signed, a huge one-off thing among Renaissance masters.

Giuliano Bugiardini, the Florentine artist who honed his skills in the workshop of Ghirlandaio with Michelangelo and then assisted him in the Sistine Chapel got £700,000 — £825,250 for his portrait of a young boy.

But all this comparatively looked jaded, considering Sotheby’s rollicking success on Wednesday evening. Premium quality works were at display and 53 paintings were sold for £33.26 million.

A heart-rending gorgeous Virgin and Child now thought to be by the less famous Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano got £211,250. While, Pontormo’s portrait of Cosimo I de Medici, once a splendid art piece, raked in £505,250.

High intensity bidding showered £3.84 million on Jusepe de Ribera’s “Prometheus.” The dramatic depiction of a man in the nude gesturing and screaming has not lost its appeal even today.


Written by Jaspreet Kaur

July 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Posted in Contemporary Art

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  1. nicely drafted text informing about the auctions of the art work. Hope to read more such stuff.Keep up the good work:))


    July 12, 2009 at 6:55 pm

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