Christie's Results

June 22 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's recent online old master paintings sale in NY made $2.95m (including fees) with approximately 69.7% of lots sold.*

This is marginally more that the $2.89m Sotheby's made the previous week although 12.6% down on lots sold.

A few of the most impressive results (all prices inc. fees): The 'Studio of Rembrandt' portrait of the artist made $81,250 over $40k-$60k, a limoges plaque by either Jean or Joseph Limousin made $225,000 over $30k-$50k, a sixteenth century Netherlandish School Head of Christ made $162,500 over $15k-$20k, a rather dark Jacob de Backer made $399,000 over $80k-120k (pictured).

In a previous post I highlighted a beautiful Fragonard portrait of a child that Christie's had up for private sale with an asking price of $125,000. The same picture was included in the sale and made $50,000.

It was this painting of a man holding a recorder that intrigued me the most. Catalogued as 'French School' it seems likely to be some sort of forgotten self-portrait. I showed it to a learned recorder player last week who informed me that the gentleman probably wasn't a genuine player due to the fact his hands are the wrong way around. 

* - This is an approximate number, as Christie's remove unsold lots from their website. 97 out of 139 lots are shown as sold.

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