Paris, 4 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
With a result of more than €10.5m from 14 sales, this third edition of the Florilèges, a biannual event organised from 25 to 29 March 2013 by auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr, was marked by wonderful results.
- A work on paper by Martin Ramirez, on the cover of the catalogue devoted to art brut, got the highest auction result with €211,621 (€170,000 excluding fees). The global result of this first sale devoted to art brut, €877,307 for 70 works, confirmed the interest of collectors in this speciality, with a world record for Augustin Lesage of €62,917;
- 99% of the lots of the collection of Sacha Guitry’s personal objects very much stirred bidders, €6,000 for a straw hat, €114,963 for Renoir’s small oil Femme nue couchée circa 1892, and €30,000 for the original manuscript of Françoise;
- 33 erotic drawings by Cocteau were also on offer, among which were a dark brown ink from 1931 estimated at €2,500/€3,000, reaching a record price of €32,556 (€25,500 excluding fees);
- €4,485,066 for the 679 works of Kimiyo Foujita’s succession;
- €162,053, a new world record for Robert Combas. This 1985 canvas represents a portrait of Louis XIV. During the same session, Martin Barré’s 1956 composition approached €150,000 (€149,661 – €120,000 excluding fees), in line with its high estimation;
- A record for a space suit of Russian cosmonauts at €112,484.
“This event is much appreciated and attracts more people than our sales at Drouot Montaigne. The ‘ephemeral museum’ idea gathering 3 floors of artworks from all specialities, the flexibility of the hours that allows us to have nightly openings and evening sales, as well as the themes of our sales please the public” explained Arnaud Cornette de Saint Cyr after the sale.