Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening achieves $191.9m in New York

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Camille Pissarro's Jardin et poulailler chez Octave Mirbeau, Les Damps. Courtesy of Christie's.

52 lots out of the 58 on offer sold at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening sale in New York on November 11, totalling $191.9 million / £150 million. Although within the estimate range, the total for the sale was down 31% from last year’s November figures.

René Magritte’s Le seize septembre (1957) was the top lot of the night, easily beating its high estimate with a hammer price of $19.6m or £15.3m (including buyer’s premium).

René Magritte’s Le seize septembre (1957). Courtesy of Christie’s.

Second to the top was Umberto Boccioni’s Forme uniche della continuità nello spazio (Unique Forms of Continuity in Space), which sold for $16.2m or £12.7m setting a new auction record for the artist.

The first four lots – including the top lot and a Picasso painting which realised $13.3m – are understood to have come from the James and Marilynn Aldorf Collection, among 13 which were on offer from the renowned Chicago-based collectors. The Aldorf collection achieved a total of $42.6m or £33.2m.

According to Christie’s, it was a good night for Surrealism, too, with impressive results for works by Dalí, Tanguy and Magritte, including Le Sabbat from 1959, which realised $9.9 million / £7.8 million.

The Day Sale at Christie’s continues on November 12, with several sculptures by Gauguin, Gris and Dalí.

Click here to read more about the November auction season.