The two-day auction of the personal collection of the late artist duo Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne drew to a close at Sothebys
Paris tonight, with an outstanding 91,293,713 ($101,470,223) four times the pre-sale estimates (est. 15.9 23m / $17.6 25.7m) and the highest total for a private art collection sold in France in the last 10 years. 100% of the lots offered over the course of the two-day sale sold and 96% of them achieved prices above high estimate.
Florent Jeanniard, Head of 20th Century Design at Sothebys Europe, said: The Lalannes oeuvre has a universal appeal which was reflected by the enormous excitement the sale generated around globe. The auction which gathered over 4,100 collectors from 43 countries is a huge tribute to the whimsical genius of the couple.
Mario Tavella, Président-directeur général of Sothebys France and Chairman Sothebys Europe said: The results achieved are testament to the immense contribution of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne to the history of 20th-century art. We are also very proud to have realised the highest total ever achieved for a Sothebys sale in France.
The vast majority of the lots in the sale were significant artworks created and treasured by Les Lalanne. Among such pieces were:
ARTWORKS BY FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE:
The top lot of the sale was a monumental Rhinocrétaire (Rhinodesk) which realised 5,404,400 ($6,006,828), five times the high estimate of 700,000 - 1,000,000. A unique piece from 1991, this unique copper and metal rhinoceros is transformable into a writing desk.
Lapin à vent, a large gilt patinated bronze rabbit from 2007 sold for 2,532,500 ($2,814,798) (est. 400,000 - 600,000).
Grand Mouflon de Pauline - a hollowed-out bronzed mouflon from 2008 that doubles as a bar cabinet achieved 2,412,500 ($2,681,421) (est. 400,000 - 600,000).
A three-meter tall bronze bear (Ours) one of the fantastique beasts that inhabited the Lalannes garden - fetched a roaring 2,292,500 ($2,548,045) (est. 400,000 - 600,000).
ARTWORKS BY CLAUDE LALANNE
A world auction record for Claude Lalanne was set yesterday evening, when her Grand Choupatte (Cabbage Feet), a large bronze cabbage on chicken legs from 2012, with versions included in the worlds leading museums and art collections, achieved 2,172,500 ($2,414,669) ten times the high estimate (est. 150,000 - 200,000 / $166,000-221,000).
Lapin de Victoire - a standing rabbit made of bronze from 2013 realised 1,632,500 ($1,814,475) (est. 500,000-700,000).
Her famous Crocodile Desk from 2009, Bureau Crocodile - one of the most masterful interpretations of the artists Croco motif - fetched 1,572,500 ($1,747,787) (est. 400,000 - 600,000).
WORKS BY ARTIST FRIENDS OF THE DUO
The sale also featured works by artists who were friends of the duo, including Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Max Ernst, William N. Copley, Jasper Johns and Elaine Sturtevant.
A Raysse Peinture à Haute Tension by Sturtevant sold for 225,000 ($250,081) (est. 60,000 - 80,000).
A Box in a Valise (From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy) sold for 162,500 ($180,614) (est. 40,000-60,000). Conceived between 1935 and 1941, this leather suitcase contains 80 reproductions and miniature replicas of works by Duchamps.
Over 4,100 participants from 43 countries
9 hours of intense bidding Activity came from around the world: Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East.
2,500 people visited the five-day exhibition in Paris
The pre-sale high estimate for the whole sale was surpassed after the sale of lot 22
26 lots sold above $1m