Impressionist & Modern Art evening stars Rodin and Chagall


They might not change hands frequently but sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Marc Chagall’s paintings are to come up for sale at Bonhams in New York on November 12. 

Leading the sale is Rodin’s Le Baiser, 4ème réduction ou petit modèle, which is estimated to sell for $300,000-400,000. Along with The Thinker, it is considered among the most recognisable sculptures of Rodin’s oeuvre. Chagall’s Le bonheur du jeune couple aux fleurs, from 1967, could fetch between $350,000 and $550,000.

Chagall’s Les Amoureux, which he painted in 1928, peaked as the highest auction price for the artist at $28.5m at Sotheby’s in 2017. It had been owned by one person from the year it was painted until its sale.

Le Baiser was acquired by the present owner in 1995 and has been in the same collection for over 20 years. 

Molly Ott Ambler, head of Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art for the Americas, said: “We are thrilled to share the beautiful imagery and the many interesting stories of provenance and connoisseurship that weave their way through the 82 lots in our sale.” 

On the same day, November 12, Claude Monet’s Charing Cross Bridge – one of the 37 he painted of the London landmark around the turn of the last century – is expected to sell for between estimated between $20m and $30m at Sotheby’s New York.

Monet’s ‘Charing Cross Bridge’ from a private collection to go up for auction

Although nothing was confirmed publicly, there are some in the art world will confirm unofficially that another work in the same series changed hands for $63m in a private sale in the UK this March.