Tamara de Lempicka’s Portrait de Marjorie Ferry (1932) will be a highlight of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 5 February 2020. The lot has been valued at £8m – 10m.
The limelight will be shared by Alberto Giacometti’s Trois hommes qui marchent (Grand plateau) (1950), also expected to command £8m – 10m.
The third and final leading lot will be Pablo Picasso’s Intérieur au pot de fleurs (1953), estimated to sell between £7m -10m.
The market for Lempicka’s works has been active in recent years, achieving record prices at auctions. Her current record was set by La Tunique Rose (1927), which fetched $13.4m at a Sotheby’s New York sale last November.
“Portrait de Marjorie Ferry is one of the artist’s most iconic paintings, last seen at auction 10 years ago when it rightly set the record at the time for her work”, said Keith Gill, head of the evening sale in a release from Christie’s. It previously sold for $4.9m at Sotheby’s New York in May 2009.
The picture of the British-born cabaret star was created at the height of Lempicka’s career in Paris, when she was considered “the most sought-after and celebrated female modernist painter.”
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