NEW YORK.-Christies held the auction The Modern Age: Property from the Hillman Family Collection. Set as a landmark event and a true connoisseurs sale, the Hillman Family Collection and the Collection of Alice Lawrence offered an exceptional ensemble of key works including paintings, sculpture and decorative arts spanning a full century across Europe and America by historys most emblematic artists. The November 5 sale brought together works by Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, Giorgio De Chirico, René Magritte, Mark Rothko, Morris Louis, John Chamberlain, Milton Avery, and Arthur Dove with decorative works of art by Louis Comfort Tiffany and elegant design by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand and Pierre Chareau.
Marc Porter, President of Christies Americas, comments: Private collectors continue to be the primary force on the market, collecting masterworks against a backdrop of a difficult economic climate. We saw record prices for works on paper by Seurat and Magritte, and the Alice Neel Portrait of Robert Smithson, demonstrating that collectors continue to take advantage of the appearance on the market of desirable works of art. We look forward to presenting our various owners Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale tomorrow.