This week is the start of the fall auction season here in New York. Christie’s and Sotheby’s are holding big, BIG Impressionist and Modern auctions. As is longstanding tradition, all lots are put on display a few days prior to the auction. It’s always been important for me to try and visit the auction houses and view the works before they’re sold. They’re like great museum shows except you can buy stuff. These are pieces that were held in private hands and after the auction will disappear back into private hands, where they will never be seen by the public (i.e., me) again.
I’m lucky enough to work just a few blocks away from Christie’s, so I popped over on my lunch hour. Here are a few lots that I would love to own, but never will for obvious reasons. Please take a minute and really meditate on the estimates. Try to grasp the astronomical amount of cash that these works might sell for. It boggles the mind! The first painting is being sold in London and the estimate is in British Pounds. Also, the quality of the pics isn’t that great. The lighting wasn’t optimal and you can only do so much with a cell phone camera.
Part 2 will be a post of art for sale that boggles the mind for a different reason.
Here’s a lovely, thick van Gogh that’s estimated to sell for £5,000,000 – 7,000,000. Remember, van Gogh died broke, having sold only one painting to his brother.
Here’s one of Andy’s Liz’s! Pretty lips. Estimate: $16,000,000 – $19,000,000.
Margaret Thatcher once called Francis Bacon, “That horrible man.” That’s good enough for me! I especially like Bacon’s sinister painting of the Pope. I had to take this photo on an angle because of the glare from the glass. Estimate: $12,000,000 – $18,000,000.
Finally, here’s the crown jewel of the auction. One of Degas’ little dancer statues. You don’t see many of these come out on the open market!
9-Year Old Daughter has been in love with this statue for a long time and I’m sure she’d like to see it adorn bedroom. At bedtime, I used to read a children’s book to her about the little girl who posed for the statue. I think the story was contrived but it did serve to endear her to the statue.
When The Daughter turns the corner and sees her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s like she’s seeing a long, lost friend. Estimate: $25,000,000 – $35,000,000!!
it does boggle. and to think i’ve been freting over the thought of blowing a few hundred dollars on a lithograph of one of vonnegut’s goofy drawings…
daisy: Can you post a photo of it? That’d be a nice thing to have. Artwork by the geek godfather.
here’s the general link:http://www.vonnegut.com/art.aspi'm likely to get one of the prints from the confetti series…he’s my muse. if i had one that was worth a shit, anyway, it would be him.
I’d kill for a Rothko to hang on my wall
nurse: Maybe if we pool our resources we can buy it and establish a share program. Six months in Oz/six months in NJ?
I wouldn’t mind the Matisse.(And I’d be very careful with the mayonnaise!)
I’ve always loved the Degas. None of the paintings are favourites but – being from the cinema generation I’d find room for Liz. Perhaps you could bid for me?
dinah: Doesn’t it just blow your mind that some people have art of this caliber hanging in their house?! It makes me woozy.Pat: This was just a small sampling. I’m sure there’s something in the auction catalog that will loosen those purse strings.
Surprise me that the van gogh is one of the bargains!I’m with the daughter. I have been in love with the Degas dancers since I saw one of these sculptures in Boston.