Artcurial Monaco Sculptures

After a three-month show on the Principality’s streets, the summer session of Artcurial’s
sales in Monaco ended with the auction of the Monaco Sculptures project’s 60 sculptures.
With six works that fetched over €200,000 and €4.2m/$4.7m in total sales, this first-edition met with a warm welcome.

In all, Artcurial posted nearly €12m/$13.6m in sales during this week of auctions in Monaco.

Monaco – resounding shortly after 7 pm, the evenings first hammer blow signalled the start of the Monaco sculpture sale, which featured 60 works by the 20th and 21st Centuries’ most celebrated artists. Directed by Francois Tajan, the sale totalled €4,159,490/$4,700,224, with 75% of lots sold, including six works that fetched over €200,000.

Opening the sale, Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s grazing sheep (lot 1101) and lamb (lot 1102) soared past their sale estimates at €175,000/ $197,750 and €136,500 /$154,245, respectively.

But works by the greatest names in classic sculpture drew the highest bids. Printemps sans bras by Aristide Maillol (lot 1107), bronze with an antique green patina, nearly doubled its estimate at €480,200/ $542,626, the highest price of the sale. Shortly afterwards, Phillippe Higuilys signature Girouettes (lot1117) took off at €219/$248,375 (estimate: €100,000 – €150,000).

In contemporary sculpture, Ménine in wood (lot 1140) by Manolo Valdès achieved a result of €293,900/$332,107. Bernar Venet, of the French Riviera, saw his 223.5° ARCS X 5 in rolled steel surpass its estimate to reach €281,800/$318,434 (lot 1132). Another artist of the Nice School: Arman. The sliced bronze sculpture of an elephant on a circus ball (lot 1145) from the famous New York restaurant Le Cirque achieved €216,200/$244,306. Poule Anna (lot 1103) by his friend and contemporary César surpassed its estimate at €188,500/$213,005.

Joannis Avramidis’s Groupe moyen de 3 personnages (lot 1113) doubled its estimate at €54,600/$61,698 and Igor Mitoraj’s Les Mains (lot 1142) grabbed €130,000/$146,900 (estimate: €60,000 – 80,000).

In addition to the auction, Monaco Sculptures is a cultural project imagined by Artcurial on the initiative of François Tajan in collaboration with Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. From 24 April to 2 September, Monaco residents and tourists can see 30 of the auction’s monumental works on an artistic stroll through the Principality’s streets.

Including all the auctions held this week in Monaco (jewellery, fine watches, Hermès Vintage, Monaco Sculptures), Artcurial posted nearly €12m/$13.6m in sales, its best result for a week of summer sales in the Principality.

 

François Tajan
François Tajan

“We wanted this sale to add Artcurial’s contribution to
Monaco’s ongoing dialogue with artistic creation in all its
forms.
The public especially embraced our offer in recent months
and many collectors, including many international bidders,
attended the evening sale, when 75% of lots sold.”
François Tajan,
Deputy Director, Artcurial SAM

 

 

 

 

Monaco Sculptures
Total sales: €4,159,490/$4,700,224
75% of lots sold €1 = $1.13 Estimate: €5 155 000
LOT DESCRIPTION PRICE

(estimates in euros) BUYER

1107 Aristide MAILLOL, Printemps sans bras, 1911,
bronze with antique green patina

480 200 € / 542 626 $
(est : 250 000 – 350 000) European collector

1130 Tony CRAGG, It is, It isn’t, 2010, Kerto wood 319 000 € / 360 470 $

(est : 300 000 – 400 000) Asian client

1140 Manolo VALDES, Ménine, 2009, wood 293 900 € / 332 107 $

(est : 180 000 – 250 000) European client

1132 Bernar VENET, 223.5° ARCS X 5, 2006, rolled steel 281 800 € / 318 434 $

(est : 160 000 – 220 000) American client

1117 Philippe HIQUILY, Girouettes (Marbella-Shanghai),
2009, steel

219 800 € / 244 984 $
(est : 100 000 – 150 000) European client

 

COMING SOON AT ARTCURIAL

17 and 18 September: auction of the Joseph Altounian Collection: antique dealer to
museums, friend to artists

22 October: Urban Art auction: private collection

For more information contact:

Press Officer
Anne-Laure Guérin
+33 (0)1 42 99 20 86
alguerin@artcurial.com

Director of External Relations
Jean Baptiste Duquesne
+33 (0)1 42 99 20 76
jbduquesne@artcurial.com

 

 

 

 

 

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