Pissaro, Picasso and Van Gogh guide the way in record auction sales in London
Record-breaking sales at London’s auction season
Kicking off the auction weeks of high-end art in London, Christie's achieved record-breaking sales of 177 million GBP. Its bestseller, 'Nature Morte à la Nappe à Carreaux', sold for 35 million GBP and set a world record for the artist Juan Gris.
Picasso's 'Femme au costume turc dans un fauteuil', was the second most expensive painting sold for 17 million GBP.
At Sotheby's auction on Wednesday, a painting by the impressionist Camille Pissarro sold for 32.1 million GBP, almost five times more than its previous auction record. Pissaro's painting 'Boulevard Montmartre, Matinee de Printemps', is considered to be one of the most important works to come up in auction throughout the last decade.
Created in 1897, the painting displays a view of a typical spring scene in Paris. Prior to the sale, Helena Newman, Chairman of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Deprartment Europe revealed: "It is an honour to be entrusted with offering the greatest work by Camille Pissarro ever to appear at auction -- a work that encompasses such a richly painted canvas and a supremely elegant composition."
'L'Homme Est en Mer' by Vincent Van Gogh, also went under the hammer and fetched 16.9 million GBP, the highest price a Van Gogh has reached in England in the past 25 years.