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Man Ray's 'Le Violon d'Ingres' achieves $12.4 million at Christie's setting new record for a photograph
Man Ray, Le Violon d’Ingres, 1924. Price realized: $12,412,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.



NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Spring 2022 Marquee Week continued Saturday, May 14 with The Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs & Melvin Jacobs at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The sale totaled $42.3 million, bringing the week’s running total to $1.4 billion. Man Ray’s photograph Le Violon d’Ingres set a new record for a photograph, selling for $12.4 million, after more than 10 minutes of competitive bidding. Results were exceptional across all categories of the sale, selling 99% by value and 92% by lot, 182% hammer above low estimate.

Records were set for a number of artists including Dorothea Tanning, whose Le mal oublié tripled its estimate to sell for $1,440,000. William Nelson Copley and Noma Copley achieved successful results in the categories of both art and jewelry. Seven of the 77 lots on offer sold above $1 million, including four fantastic examples by Rene Magritte including L'autre son de cloche, which far surpassed its high estimate to sell for $10,122,500.

Darius Himes, Christie’s International Head of Photographs, remarked, “Photography has been the invention and medium quietly underpinning and influencing much of the art and popular culture of the 20th century. Surrealism as an artistic movement has seeped into our consciousness, and no work more so than Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres from 1924. Long seen as an icon of 20th century art, this purely photographic work is truly unrivalled, and, appearing on the market for the very first time in its history, has now smashed all records for any photographic piece at auction, vintage or contemporary, as well as all Man Ray auction records in any medium. And why not? Man Ray, and this piece in particular, stands comfortably within the pantheon of other giants of 20th century art.”










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