Christie's Results

October 15 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's NY Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sale achieved $19,535,125 yesterday with an estimated 74.82% of lots sold.*

Amongst the lots that soared past their estimates included the two Jordaens head studies which achieved $237,500 (all figures include commission) and $100,000 over their $60k-$100k estimates; the Pieter Brueghel the Younger roundel achieved $212,500 over its $100k-$120k estimate; a head study by Van Dyck achieved $100,000 over its $40k-$60k estimate; a portrait of a boy by Jacob Backer achieved $112,500 over its $40k-$60k estimate; a pair of mythologies by Angelica Kauffman achieved $550,000 over their $80k-$120k estimates and a Pietro da Cortona religious picture achieved $106,250 over its $40-$60k estimate.

Have we also just witnessed the bursting of the Mona Lisa copy bubble? This rather meagre 'Follower of Leonardo' made a mere $32,500 over its $30k-$50k estimate.

* - Worked out with missing lot numbers from Christie's website.

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