Everyone Loves a Happy Ending...
$29,319,170 for “Pewter pitcher and fruit”
|LONDON - report compiled by Rachel Le Goff
An anonymous private collector bidding on the telephone in a sale
of Impressionist and Modern Art paid US$29,319,170 (£18,151,500)
for Cezanne's still-life painting “Pewter pitcher and fruit”, on Tuesday
7th December at Sotheby’s London auction house. The pre-sale estimate
had been for only £9-12 million (about $14.6 - 19 million).
A painting always sells well when there is a 'story' attached to it and
this painting had received previous publicity as it was stolen from
a member of the Bakwin family but successfully recovered by the Art Loss
Register, the internationally recognised central database for stolen
and missing art and antiques.
Executed at the peak of Cezanne’s career, the work shows an arrangement of brilliantly-coloured apples and oranges, placed next to a pewter pitcher and nestling in the luminous folds of a tablecloth.
IT WAS SMILES ALL ROUND...
Julian Ratcliff of the Art Loss Register, said:
“We are extremely pleased for Mr Bakwin and for all those involved in the recovery and the restitution of stolen works of art. Tonight’s results could not have been achieved without the help of Sotheby’s.”Melanie Clore, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and the head of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art department in London, said:
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to sell the Cézanne this evening and it has crowned a highly successful sale.
A Van Gogh drawing also made a world record price of $8,530,930 (£5,281,500)
exceeding its estimate of £1.5-2 million.
At the same auction twenty-five Picassos owned by Gianni Versace
were sold for almost $18 million (£10,841,850). The painting
“Femme assise sur une chaise” by Picasso was bought for $5.4 million, while
a wonderful rendering of Picasso’s eldest daughter (with Marie-Therese
Walter), Maya was bought by a European private collector for
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