The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 25, 2018

Sotheby's Evening Sale of Contemporary Art in Paris Totals $11.7 Million
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Hiver, huile sur toile, 1960. Estimate: €600,000 - 800,000. Sold for: €1,095,150 (1,343,968 USD). A new auction record for the artist. Photo: Sotheby's.

PARIS.- Yesterday in Paris, Sotheby’s Summer Evening Sale of Contemporary Art achieved a successful total of €9,517,050 / $11,679,324 / £7,932,168, a figure well above the pre-sale expectations of €5.1-7.0 million / $6.3-8.6 million / £4.2-5.8 million. The sale achieved exemplary sell through rates of 93% by lot and almost 100% by value and these rank as some of the highest sell through rates ever seen in a Contemporary Art sale at Sotheby’s Paris. In addition, the sale saw two works sell for more than €1 million and a remarkable 74% of the sold lots realise prices in excess of their high estimate. Buyers from all over the world competed in tonight’s sale, once again demonstrating the international stature of the Paris Contemporary Art market.

Commenting after the sale, Grégoire Billault, Director of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department in Paris, said: “Since we started our Contemporary Art sales at Sotheby’s in Paris in 2006, our main focus has always been on the advancement of French Contemporary art and French Contemporary artists. We have transformed the auction profile for artists like Pierre Soulages, Georges Mathieu, François Morellet, Martial Raysse and Simon Hantaï by achieving new world record prices for their works of art. In each of our sales, one or several French artists have received worldwide exposure – thanks to Sotheby’s international network and reach – and tonight it was the turn of Helena Vieira da Silva, Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé and Erró to get the international recognition that they so deserved.”

Among the many successes of tonight’s sale was the new auction record price that was established for Helena Vieira da Silva when her rare and monumental painting L’Hiver – a brilliant impressionistic composition of a city in winter – sold for €1,095,150 / $1,343,968 against an estimate of €600,000-800,000. This painting came to the market with superb provenance having been part of the collection of Baron Elie de Rothschild for many years and having hung during this time in the Baron’s private lounge.

A second auction record was also set when Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé’s explosive Boulevard St-Martin sold for €312,750 / $383,807, against the estimate of €150,000-200,000, after bidding from at least four potential buyers. This price more than doubles the previous auction record for the artist. The painting was without doubt one of the finest works by the French artist to have remained in private hands and this rare acquisition opportunity was clearly recognised by collectors this evening.

Baby Rockefeller by Erró also performed well, selling for €552,750 / $678,335, easily above the estimate of €200,000-300,000 and the second highest price ever achieved for the artist at auction. This important and large scale canvas, from the Back from the USA series, was painted after Erró’s first trip to New York, and it shows similarities to leading works of American Pop Art.

Paris, like the other international selling centres of Contemporary Art, is able to attract international collectors and achieve strong prices for works by the great Contemporary artists of the 20th Century and this was shown once again tonight with the price realised for Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Joy. This work saw competition from at least five potential buyers, who drove the price to €1,464,750 / $1,797,541, well in excess of the pre-sale expectations of €700,000-900,000. A work which energetically mixes several of the artist’s signature motifs, it is a powerful combination of street art, jazz, television, newspapers, anatomy, Negro history and heroes.

Sotheby’s successful track record of selling works by Robert Indiana in Paris continued as well tonight when the artist’s Love, Red brought €744,750 / $913,957, above the pre-sale estimate of €500,000-700,000. An icon of Pop Art, Indiana’s Love sculptures are undoubtedly his best known works.

Furthermore, a painting by Jean-Paul Riopelle, dating from 1950, saw bidding from numerous US collectors before it sold for €516,750 / $634,156, well in excess of its estimate of €150,000-200,000. The painting came from an important private European collection and with its rare dripping technique attracted a great deal of interest.

Finally, a number of Asian works were also highly sought after and perhaps created the most lively bidding battles of the evening. Zao Wouk-Ki’s 13 février 1992 received interest from no fewer than six bidders, who took the price to over three times the pre-sale high estimate. It finally sold for €960,750 / $1,179,032. The artist’s Composition was also the subject of great demand, realising €360,750 / $442,712 against an estimate of €100,000-150,000, and establishing a new record for the artist on paper.

Sotheby's | Contemporary Art | Grégoire Billault |

Last Week News

June 3, 2010

Jeff Koons Unveils and Signs His Psychedelic BMW Art Car at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

Artists with African Roots Exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Getty Museum Puts Monumental Red-Figure Krater on View

Painting by Corot Purchased by Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva

MoMA Announces Exhibition of Abstract Expressionist Works

Marlborough Opens Exhibition of Works that Evoke Organic Forms

Nassau County Museum of Art Examines the Romantic Fascination of the Sea

Previously Unseen U2, Beatles, and Rolling Stones Photographs Up for Sale

Allegra LaViola Gallery Opens Show with Sculptural Works Attached to the Wall

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art Opens First Solo Exhibition by Samuel T. Adams

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery Showcases a Wide-Ranging Body of Work

Rare 215 Year-Old Gold $10 Eagle Brings $117,000 at Inaugural Auction

Friedman Benda Presents Work by Post-War and Emerging Artists

Author Lynn Cullen Changes Book on Finding Portrait

Tiffany Studios, Contemporary Glass, and Diego Giacometti Work Highlights Bonhams' 20th Century Sale

Remains of Mexican Independence Heroes Undergo Analyses

7th Annual Edinburgh Art Festival Programme Unveiled

Guggenheim Study Reveals Importance of Education in Development of Problem-Solving Skills and Creativity

Facing the Artist: Portraits by John Jonas Gruen Opens at the Whitney

Chicago Tribune Begins Digitizing and Selling Archive Photographs

June 2, 2010

Madrid Opens László Moholy-Nagy Exhibition as Part of PHotoEspaña 2010 Festival

Seminal Masterpiece by Syed Haider Raza Leads Christie's Sale

Bruce Nauman's Days Fills MoMA's Special Exhibitions Gallery

Pennsylvania College to Return Stolen Letter by Descartes

Martin Scorsese Produces Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

The Saatchi Gallery Opens Largest Show Since Moving to Chelsea

Roy Lichtenstein's Art Car at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Schirn Dedicates a Survey to a Special Experimental Film Genre

2010 No Dead Artists Exhibition Announces Arts Professionals as Jurors

Duke of Northumberland Buys Back Second Ancestral Plate at Bonhams

Sketches and Models by Roman Signer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team Publishes New Book

Guggenheim Announces Contemplating the Void Contest Winners

Public Art Project Presents Various Puppet Shows to Drivers Caught in Traffic

Hong Kong Affirmed as Asia's Art Hub as Region's Collectors Assemble at ART HK 10

Contemporary Louisiana Art on Display at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Important Collection of Animalier Bronzes to Sell at Bonhams

Nine Contemporary International Artists Question Traditional Mapmaking

Seldom Seen Oil Painting by LS Lowry is on Display at the Walker Art Gallery

Old Charge Resurfaces Against Prominent Tibetan

June 1, 2010

Influential French-born American Artist Louise Bourgeois Dies in New York City at 98

Rijksmuseum Exhibits Paintings of the Expansion of the City from the Golden Age

Prado Museum Exhibits Tapestry Series by Willem de Pannemaker

Sale of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Totals US$ 86,452,715

It's Never Too Late: Carlos Urroz Returns to ARCOmadrid

Ode to Winter by Helena Vieira da Silva to be Auctioned at Sotheby's

PHotoEspaña 2010 Opens with an Exhibition by Collier Schorr

Forty Drawings Made by Hanns Schimansky at Galerie Jaeger Bucher

Christie's Asian Contemporary and 20th Century Art Sales Total $67.2 Million

British Sculptor Antony Gormley Eyes Public Art in Asia

Serious Art Collectors Appraise their Fine Art For Insurance Purposes

Julian Opie Takes His Human Figures to the Valencian Institute for Modern Art

Fallingwater Announces Winner of Design Competition for On-Site Cottages

UK's Longest Running Photography Festival Celebrates 20 Years

WW Gallery Presents 17 Time-Keepers and Chroniclers in New Exhibition "Time"

Gantt and McColl Centers Unite to Highlight Culture and Diversity Initiatives

First Solo Show in Spain Devoted to Bas Jan Ader's Work Opens

New Book Catalogs Unique Collection of Rare Antique Chinese Porcelain

Florentine Codex, Great Intellectual Enterprise of 16th Century

May 31, 2010

Exhibition of Drawings by Pablo Picasso Opens in Argentina for the First Time Since 1934

Old Master Paintings from a Private Collection to Be Offered at Sotheby's

Sale of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Realizes HK$44.5 Million

Collection of Italian Paintings Exhibited in Its Entirety for the First and Only Time

New Book "Leo and His Circle" by Annie Cohen-Solal Tells the Life of Leo Castelli

Works to Go on Display at the 37th London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia

Carefully Curated Ensembles of African & Oceanic Art to Be Offered at Sotheby's

American Academy in Rome Awarded 2010 McKim Medal to Miuccia Prada

Caravaggio's Friends and Foes Opened at Whitfield Fine Art

Exhibition Between IMMA and Art Alongside Opens at Wexford Arts Centre

Comic Hero Tintin Nets $1.3 Million in Auction at Drouot-Montaigne

Moderna Museet Presents Paintings from the Last Five Decades by Ed Ruscha

Gothic Art Collection Back at Popular Rhode Island Mansion

Hans P. Kraus Jr. to Show Landmark Works from the Early History of Photography at Art Basel

Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Opens One Fine Morning in May...

Artist Anita Glesta Creates CENSUS Public Art Project

The Vader Project Helmets to Be Sold at Auction

Silver Forged Mexican History Exhibited

Phillips de Pury & Company to Launch New Uptown Space in New York

May 30, 2010

Hamburger Bahnhof Opens First Major Exhibition of American Artist Bruce Nauman in Berlin

Diana's Daring Black Dress Goes on the Auction Block

Actor, Filmmaker and Artist, Dennis Hopper Dies at 74 in California

Advanced Technique, RTI, Used to Decipher Maya Glyphs

Exhibition Offers Unique Opportunity to Enter Mike Kelley's Studio

Museum Langmatt Celebrates Anniversary by Swiss Video Artist Pipilotti Rist

Alexandra Exter Retrospective Opens at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Candid Photographs from 1950s-1970s at the Art Gallery of South Australia

New Paintings by Mark Harrington at Edward Cella Art + Architecture

Whitney Announces Exhibitions of Artists Working with Performative Actions

Christie's Sale of Asian Contemporary and Chinese 20th Century Art Totals $39 Million

Offerings to Tlaltecuhtli to be Exhibited at Moctezuma II

American Artist Eduardo Kac Presents an Exhibition at Gallery [DAM]Berlin

Glastonbury Paintings by Kurt Jackson Auctioned for Charity

Liverpool's Slavery Museum Expansion Plan Approved

Sotheby's Presents Furniture, Silver & Old Master Paintings Formerly from the Collection of Madame Antenor Patiño

David Bomberg Burton-on-Trent Bomb Store Picture to Sell at Bonhams

Lowave Releases New DVD on Experimental Film and Video Art from the Middle East and North Africa

Regency Caricatures Saved for Brighton's Royal Pavilion

May 29, 2010

The Global Art World Gathers in Hong Kong for the City's Third International Art Fair

Albertina Opens Major Survey of Printed Works by Alex Katz

Christie's to Present Magnificent Gustav Klimt Portrait in London

Cuban Voodoo-Variant Art Tops Sotheby's Latin American Sale

New York Judge Urges Settlement in Obama Poster Dispute

New York Public Library President Receives Spanish Civil Order

Tiffany's Dazzling Designs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Group Exhibition of Street Art on View at Affirmation Arts

Internationally Renowned Director to Lead The San Diego Museum of Art

Christie's to Present an Important Auction of Orientalist Masterpieces

Exhibition of Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Opens at Tate Modern

Miniature Chinese Art Makes World Record Prices at Bonhams

Artist Fred Tomaselli to Have Solo Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

Athens' Parthenon Scaffold-Free for First Time in Years

Amon Carter Museum Exhibits Ansel Adams Photographs

New Book Features Candid Photographs from Ivy League Universities by Teruyoshi Hayashida

Europeana Public Domain Charter: Libraries, Museums and Archives Support Europe's Heritage

Most Comprehensive Exhibition of Work by Atlanta Artist Radcliffe Bailey to Premiere at the High

Phillips de Pury & Company's Africa Auction Totals $1,401,038

INAH, Candidate to Win Prince of Asturias Award

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

2.- Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

3.- Classic Beauties unveils the sensual enchantment of Neoclassicism

4.- Exhibition presents a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting

5.- Glasgow blaze guts one of world's top art schools - again

6.- The Prado opens the first major monographic exhibition on Lorenzo Lotto's portraits

7.- Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

8.- A record setting necklace, diamonds & gemstones propel $1.9 million in jewelry sales at Rago in June

9.- Czech Art Nouveau painter Mucha's masterpiece finds home after 90 years

10.- Exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery explores the garden as a "stage" for the extraordinary

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Sotheby's New York to offer The Andy Williams Collection of Navajo blankets in May 2012

Buhl Collection brings $12.3M - Highest ever total for a private collection of photos sold at auction

'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

No bidder found for letters by 'Peanuts' creator

Sotheby's names President and CEO William F. Ruprecht as Chairman of the Board of Directors

Sotheby's announces first ever selling exhibition of contemporary art from central Asia and the Caucasus

Mick Jagger love letters written to American singer Marsha Hunt sold at London auction

House of Illustration raises 68,750 in "What are they like?" Celebrity Auction at Sotheby's London

Swiss contemporary art generates enthusiasm among collectors at Sotheby's

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful