Monday, February 23, 2009

Results From A Small Sample of the Saint Laurent Art Collection

I am amazed! Here are the highlights as picked by Christie's Auction House of the Art for sale at Saint Laurent's Sale. If this small sampling peaks your interest I urge you to see the whole collection now online at Christie's. I just don't understand how a collection like this, after WWII, could have been assembled by these two men. Nothing they picked was wrong. Everything they chose was perfection. Such talent, such taste, and I don't even pay much attention to fashion.Obvious genius.



PAUL CEZANNE (1839-1906)
La montagne Sainte-Victoire vue des Lauves (recto); Etude d'arbres (verso)

€2,000,000 - €3,000,000
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €2,081,000
* ($2,623,467)
* Price includes buyer's premium

Estimate

* €2,000,000 - €3,000,000 ($2,587,711 - $3,881,567)



EDVARD MUNCH (1863-1944)
Bord de mer
signé et daté 'E. Munch 98' (en bas à gauche)
huile sur toile
56 x 80.9 cm. (22 x 31¾ in.)
Peint en 1898
Estimate * €1,200,000 - €1,800,000 ($1,552,372 - $2,328,559
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €1,129,000
* ($1,423,303)
* Price includes buyer's premium

Estimate

* €1,200,000 - €1,800,000 ($1,552,627 - $2,328,940)



HENRI LAURENS (1885-1954)
Femme accroupie
numéroté 'V' (à l'intérieur de la base)
terre cuite
Hauteur: 36.3 cm. (14¼ in.)
Conçu en 1926; tirage de 7 épreuves numérotées de 0 à 6
# €40,000 - €60,000 ($51,746 - $77,619)
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €217,000
* ($273,567)


JUAN GRIS (1887-1927)
Le Violon
signé et daté 'Juan Gris 8-13' (au revers)
huile sur toile
58.4 x 71.7 cm. (23 x 28¼ in.)
Peint en août 1913
# €4,000,000 - €6,000,000 ($5,174,575 - $7,761,862)
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €3,873,000
* ($4,882,599)



CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI (1876-1957)
Madame L.R. (Portrait de Mme L.R.)
bois de chêne sculpté
Hauteur: 117.1 cm. (46 1/8 in.)
Exécuté vers 1914-17
# €15,000,000 - €20,000,000 ($19,404,656 - $25,872,874)
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €29,185,000
* ($36,792,835)


MARCEL DUCHAMP (1887-1968)
Belle haleine - Eau de voilette
inscrit et daté 'Rrose Sélavy 1921' (sur l'étiquette de la boîte de parfum)
boîte ovale en carton de couleur violette, bouteille de parfum en verre
Hauteur: 16.5 cm. (6½ in.)
Largeur: 11.2 cm. (4 3/8 in.)
Réalisé avec le concours de Man Ray à New York, 1921
# €1,000,000 - €1,500,000 ($1,293,644 - $1,940,466)
Price Realized WOW
(Set Currency)

* €8,913,000
* ($11,236,407)


FERNAND LEGER (1881-1955)
La tasse de thé
signé et daté 'F.LEGER 21' (en bas à droite); signé, daté et titré 'La Tasse de thé Definitif F.LEGER.21' (au revers)
huile sur toile
91.7 x 64.8 cm. (36 1/8 x 25½ in.)
Peint en 1921
# €10,000,000 - €15,000,000 ($12,936,437 - $19,404,656)
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €11,489,000
* ($14,483,909)


PIET MONDRIAN (1872-1944)
Composition avec bleu, rouge, jaune et noir
signé du monogramme 'PM' (en bas à droite)
huile sur toile
79.6 x 49.8 cm. (31 7/8 x 19½ in.)
Peint en 1922; avec baguettes d'origine
# €7,000,000 - €10,000,000 ($9,055,506 - $12,936,437)
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €21,569,000
* ($27,191,525) WOW!!


PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
Instruments de musique sur un guéridon
signé 'Picasso' (en haut à gauche)
huile et sable sur toile
129.2 x 88.9 cm. (50 7/8 x 35 in.)
Peint en 1914-15
# €25,000,000 - €30,000,000 ($32,341,093 - $38,809,311)
DID NOT SELL!!! It depends on the Picasso I guess....and agree.


HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954)
Les coucous, tapis bleu et rose
signé et daté 'Henri-Matisse 1911-' (en bas à droite)
huile sur toile
81 x 65.5 cm. (31 7/8 x 25¾ in.)
Peint en 1911
# €12,000,000 - €18,000,000 ($15,523,724 - $23,285,587)
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €35,905,000
* ($45,264,579) Quality, Quality.


ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976)
Dancers and Sphere
bois peint, feuilles de métal, fil de fer et moteur (110 volts)
10 x 64.5 x 29 cm. (4 x 25 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)
Exécuté en 1936
# €1,000,000 - €2,000,000 ($1,293,644 - $2,587,287)
Price Realized
(Set Currency)

* €1,577,000
* ($1,988,086) Someone is happy. It was a personal favorite.

2 comments:

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Unreal. I mean, can you imagine living with this trove? Not sure I'd want to leave the apartment.

ArchitectDesign said...

Limitless funds and excellent taste...thats how you get such a great collection! I was reading an interesting interview though in Vanity Fair awhile back though and he claims they bought most of it while it was 'out of fashion'. That any of it was ever passe blows my mind.