The Collections auction which was offering four different collections in one sale, was very successful as 83% of the lots were sold to international collectors. The top lot of the sale was a beautiful bronze sculpture by Rembrandt Bugatti which came from the collection of Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle who acquired the Villa des Cèdres made famous by Léopold II, the King of Belgians. This beautiful decorative art piece sold for an impressive 596,000, doubling its presale high estimate. From the same collection, a spectacular pair of monumental Napoleon III crystal and glass chandelier sold for 131,250 against a presale estimate of 30,000-50,000 and a pair of monumental Louis XVI ormolu nine-branchs wall-lights realised 62,500, way above its presale estimate of 8,000-12,000. The European collection originating in part from the former collection of HRH Princess Murat realised strong prices such as for a late Empire ormolu center-table made circa 1815 which sold for 25,000. The group of furniture originating from the estate of Ms. Françoise Heftler, who furnished her apartment on the Bois de Boulogne, saw a pair of Directoire ormolu and patinated-bronze twin branch candelabra sold for 20,000. Finally, international collectors paid tribute to the exploits of the medieval trade guilds which were well represented in Henri Klingers collection. Indeed, the majority of the pieces sold above their high estimate such as an impressive walnut staircase model which sold for 10,625.
Lionel Gosset, Head of Collections : These excellent results pay tribute to the eye of these collectors who gathered these incredible and eclectic works of art for decades. In every domain, high quality was present to attract connoisseurs from all over the world. Christies France
is pleased to continue its successful season start with this great auction, which realised more than 1,8 million euros.