The big auction season started Sunday evening at Christies in New York with a rather overwhelming impressionist and modern sales that got a lukewarm $ 279.3 million.
Only nine of the 61 offered parts failed to sell at a decent purchase rate by much 15 percent, but expensive accidents by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh encountered the outcome.
Tally became shy of the low proportion of pre-sales expectations that the auction would be somewhere between $ 304.7 million and $ 439.6 million. (Keep in mind that estimates do not include the buyer's premium.) The sum also hit well after November of November of $ 479.3 million, which included a Vincent van Gogh painting, Laboureur dance un champ (1889), which retrieved $ 81.3 million.
Of the 52 lots sold, 41 made over one million dollars, eight exceeded $ 10 million and two over 20 million dollars.
Eight parts were supported by so-called third party guarantees, and some came with a home guarantee.
Two essays of artists, including the fierce Tamara de Lempicka oil painting La Musicienne (1929), giving $ 9.1 million (estimated at $ 6-8 million).
All prices quoted include the hammer price plus the buyer's premium fee for each sold lot estimated at 25 percent of the hammer margin up to $ 250,000, 20 percent on that part over $ 250,000 and up to $ 4 million and 12.5 percent for anything above that figure .
The evening's auction, the first of its kind held on a Sunday night (which is usually the only rest day of the world) attracted a good audience at the company's Rockefeller Center headquarters. Given the packed week of both impressionistic and modern, contemporary and single-owned evening meals, there was no choice but to start that night.
The action began with a definite gloomy Pablo Picasso oil, Femme Assise (Françoise), 1953, which brought in a huge $ 2.9 million, peaked its high estimate of $ 1.2 million. From there, sales were reduced with Salvador Dalí Youth (1941), a gouache on newspaper coverings that sold for $ 1.5 million.
Picasso was last sold at Christie's New York in November 2004 for $ 444,300, and Dalí was auctioned on Sotheby's New York Road back in November 1990 for $ 231,000.
Another Dali-this is derived from the farm of storied private art dealer and connoisseur Eugene V. Thaw, and titled A trombone and a sofa equipped with saliva (1936) sold to London retailer Alan Hobart for $ 2.2 million (about 1.2-1.8 million dollars).
The price point rose when Alberto Giacometti's amazing and seemingly weightless bronze Femme assise (1957) hit the block. That work sold to the Greek collector Dimitri Mavrommatis for $ 13.8 million (about $ 14-18 million) and had been supported by a third party's warranty.
The Bronze, which had never been sold at auction, was once owned by Emily Brausen, founder of the Hannover Gallery in London, which helped to make Giacometti's career.
A second Giacometti entry with the same appreciation but quite different origins-Le Chat, built in plaster 1951 and cast in bronze 1955, and previously held in the appreciated collection of baroness Johanna Lambert, who acquired it directly from the artist in 1955, sold to a telephone builder for $ 17.2 million. It is possible that it has never been a skinnier or more expensive cat.
In stark contrast to the Giacometti woman's spider beauty, Jean Arp's weak form is Déméter (1961), a handcrafted white marble sculpture, once part of a belief from Herbert and Adele Klapper, brought record $ 5.8 million (about 2-3 million dollars). The work went to an anonymous telephone provider.
Another Flapper highlight was Pablo Picasso's pastel Femme accoudée, which sold to another phone builder for $ 12.1 million ($ 10-15 million).
Bust the femme (Dora Maar)1939, a portrait of one of the Spaniard artists, the Picasso parade continued this evening and went for $ 7.7 million (about $ 5-8 million). It was last sold at Christie's New York in May 2014 for $ 6.1 million; Tonight's sum is not a bad return, given the short period between the times the painting has come up for auction.
The same thing could not be said about one of the sales worse casualties, Picasso's Femme au béret orange and au col de fourrure (Marie-Therese), 1937, purchased in a chandelier bid of $ 14 million (about $ 15-20 million). It was last sold at Christie's New York in November 2013 for $ 12.2 million.
Meanwhile, Picasso's Bust five five au voile bleu, a 1924 Canvas from Picasso's Neoclassical Period, amounted to $ 7.6 million ($ 8-12 million). The fatigue builder of the job, who sat in the front row of the sales room, was accompanied by a paired French bulldog who had a black harness.
A little later in the sale, the same buyer snatched Picasso's Tête de femme (1952) for $ 2.4 million (about 2.5-4.5 million). The work was unavailable by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to benefit its acquisition fund.
Buttonholed when he left the sales room, the buyer would just say: "I'm very private." At that moment his female companion involved. "I'm sorry, but this is my client," she said, bumping him to the stairs.
But the star in the sale of the Picasso sampler of 15 works was the cover, La Lampe, with the artist's young and then secret love Marie-Therese Walter, shown here in profile, backlit with a golden light. The 1931 painter picked up $ 29.6 million (about 25-35 million), and was supported by an anonymous third party guarantee. The work was never part of the artist's immense property and was inherited by Maya Widmaier-Picasso, daughter of Walter and the artist. She sold the painting privately to the sender of the year 2008.
Picasso records accounted for $ 88.8 million in the evening.
On the Impressionism front, which sees fewer first-class features with each sale, Camille Pissarro's amazing Parisian street art La Rue Saint-Lazare, Temps Lumineux (1893), attached to the tablecloth at the Art Institute of Chicago, realized $ 12.4 million ($ 8-12 million). It was last sold at Sotheby's auction in New York 2001 for $ 6.6 million and was sold privately privately 2009 to the evening's sender.
A prettier entry from Claude Monet's series Giverny paintings, Le bassin aux nymphéas (1917-19), went to another phone provider, later identified by Adrien Meyer, the auction owner of the evening and co-chair of the Impressionist and Modern Department, as a Chinese client, at the price of $ 31.8 million (about $ 30-50 million) , which makes it the top of the sale.
Even though it was 39¾ by 79 inches, this painting, which is late in the French artist's career, is stamped with Monet's signature (as opposed to himself being signed by the Impressionist), which means that he never left his studio before his death. The market places a premium on cartoon works from the series. Le bassin aux nymphéas last sold at auction at Christie's New York in May 2000 for $ 6.8 million.
Six other Monets came for sale that night. The other, a winter landscape is called Effet de neige à Giverny (1893), broke beyond expectations, signed at least five bidders and eventually realized $ 15.5 million (about $ 5-8 million).
It was strange – or at least it seemed – if it were a home poker to choose from, you could bet on Vincent van Gogh's tantalizing landscape, Coin de jardin avec papillons (1887), a close-up of a part of a garden. (The painting had an unpublished estimate in the area of $ 40 million.) With its flattering butterflies and rhapsodic atmosphere, the painting articulates every lawn in its sight.
But to the surprise of the sales room the audience bought the image in a chandelier bid of $ 30 million.
"It was an extra work that had an ambitious appreciation," said Max Carter, Christie's Impressionist and Modern Head of Department, after the auction. He was not kidding.
"The material was a little mixed," said Chelsea dealer Maxwell Davidson, who bought Camille Pissarro's charming marketplace Le Marche de Gisors, Grande-Rue (1885) for $ 972,500 (about 1-1.5 million dollars). "It was a quiet evening because it was not so exciting."
The evening action is resumed with more impressionistic and modern fare at Sotheby's on Monday.