Paris, 2 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
August Rodin triumphed at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction in Paris on 1 December. The artist’s bronze, L’Age d’Airin, was sold for €4.6 million (taxes included), more than double its low estimation, and set a new world record for the artist’s emblematic piece on auction. The previous record for L’Age d’Airin sculpture was set last year in London, with a sales figure of €4.1 million.
Over half the lots, 74 out of 119, were sold reaching a total of €14.4 million. The work, L’Étude de baigneuses, by Paul Cézanne was among the head lots of the auction, acquired for €2.3 million (taxes included) — just over its low estimation of €2 million (taxes excluded). The oil painting, L’Arbre de Vence, by Russian painter Chaïm Soutine, didn’t reach Christie’s expectations selling for €1.2 million, while its low estimation was €1.4 million. Marc Chagall’s painting, Deux ânes verts, was also sold for €1.2 million, within its range of estimation (€1 million – 5 million). The Oscar Dominguez painting, Composition au taureau et piano, was a pleasant surprise as it sold for €841,000, while being estimated between €500,000 and 700,000. The emblematic oil painting by Monet, La Seine à Port-Villez, exceeded expectations with €205,000 (estimated between €60,000 and 80,000). In the sculpture department, the piece, La Femme debout, by Artistide Maillol, was sold for €205,000 — double its low estimation.