09 December 2015 - 10 December 2015 Paris
On 10 December 2015, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction in Paris concluded with a total of €25,5 million, one of the company’s highest totals for a Contemporary Art sales series in France.
Stefano Moreni, Head of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Paris: “It’s been an outstanding week for Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in France. The market for works defined by a classical French post-war aesthetic is truly alive and kicking. It was a privilege to offer two masterpieces by Jean Dubuffet, who is scaling new heights at auction, and there was a strong appetite for ‘School of Paris’ artists. Collectors responded to the exceptional quality and freshness of the work we sourced, reflected in the depth of bidding from around the world.”
Appearing at auction for the first time, Jean-Paul Riopelle’s La Forêt was pursued by multiple bidders, driving the sale price to €2 million, establishing a new auction record for the artist (estimate: €900,000-1.2 million). With prices for Dubuffet at auction reaching a new high this year, the evening sale was led by works from three celebrated series by the artist never previously offered at auction: Midi sonne grelot from Dubuffet’s sought-after Paris Circus series sold for €2.95 million (est. €2.5-3.5 million). Jardin de fouille roucoule, sold to a European Institution for €1.2 million (est. €200 000-300 000).
The artists that contributed to the success of the sale in June 2015 - the evening session of which resulted in a record figure for a contemporary art sale in France - will again be in the spotlight on 9 and 10 December at the Galerie Charpentier. Among other works presented in the sale will be two paintings by Pierre Soulages and Zao Wou-Ki, both from the same European private collection.
Both works will be an opportunity to highlight the encounter, in the early 1960s, between these two great masters of abstraction.