Greuze and Michelangelo Soar at Christie's

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

There were some encouraging results in yesterday's A Park Avenue Collection at Christie's New York.

Amongst the lots that soared was Greuze's A girl weeping over her dead bird (pictured), which realised $2,470,000 over its $600k - $800k estimate. It is worth having a good look at the painting on a big screen, and zooming into the beautifully preserved areas of impasto found throughout this picture - I'm sure it must have looked brilliant in the flesh!

Other works that soared included a charming Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun drawing of a Boy, which realised $176,400 over its $60k - $80k estimate, and a Veronese Adoration which made $352,800 over its $80k - $120k estimate.

Amongst the most surprising results was an enormous price made for a tiny scrap of paper featuring a rectangular block of marble drawn by Michelangelo. The object made $201,600 over its estimate of $6,000 - $8,000. I suppose for certain collectors this sort of thing might be like buying a clipped autograph on paper, of sorts.

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