Les Lalannes shine at €16.6 million Sotheby's Paris Design Sale

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Les Lalannes shine at €16.6 million Sotheby's Paris Design Sale
François-Xavier Lalanne, Capricornes attablés, 2011. Gilt patinated bronze and glass top. Monogrammed FxL, stamped LALANNE, numbered EA 2/4 and dated 2011 on the frame.

PARIS.- Sotheby's past May 24th important design auction in Paris offered a plethora of major artists from across each of the key periods of design, from Art Nouveau through to Contemporary, totalling €16,623,519 / $17,957,390 (estimate: €7.5 - 10.5 million). 70% of 150 lots sold achieved prices in excess of their high estimates, with many of the top lots making multiples of pre-sale expectations and eight lots selling in excess of €500,000.

Spirited participation from collectors bidding in the room, online and, on the phone, drove strong prices for works by Les Lalanne, who took centre stage. The total for 47 works by the legendary design duo was €12.3 million (against an estimate of €4.9-6.8 million), with all but one lot sold - and over 80% of the pieces exceeding their high-estimates.

The exemplary group was led by one of Claude Lalanne’s most familiar yet fantastical works, La Pomme de Londres. Multiple bidders vied for the monumental golden apple, which eclipsed its estimate, selling to a buyer in the room at €2,105,000 (estimate: €700,000-1 million). A bidding battle ensued in the closing lots of the sale for François-Xavier’s Capricornes attablés, which sprinted to €1,984,000, quadrupling its estimate of €400,000-600,000.

Further exceptional results were seen for Claude’s Fauteuil Crocodile (sold for €990,600), and François-Xavier’s Oies sauvages (sold for €990,600), Canard Flottant (sold for €736,600) and Gorille dérangé (sold for €635,000).

Diego and Alberto Giacometti were the other star duo of the sale, with a number of emblematic creations by the brothers offered, and every lot finding a buyer. Leading the five lots by Diego Giacometti in today’s auction, Table Carcasse à la chauve-souris soared to €698,500 (estimate: €240,000-280,000). Alberto Giacometti’s sculptural Masque aux serpents, originally intended as a wall lamp, sold for a triple-estimate €355,600 (estimate: €100,000-150,000).

A further highlight of the auction was Charlotte Perriand’s striking Bibliothèque Maison du Mexique. The immediately recognisable piece of mid-century furniture, designed for the student residence at Cité Universitaire, met with competition online, in the room and on the phone, to bring €254,000 (estimate: €120,000-180,000). The auction offered seven pieces by Perriand, all of which sold.

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