New York, 10 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Sotheby’s has kicked off their spring sales with a new record for a Gauguin sculpture, sold for 11 M$. The next sessions of the Modern and Impressionist Art Sale were less spectacular, but Paul Gauguin set another record. The wooden clogs he sculpted and wore were sold for more than $338,500, including charges.
However, the new record depends on whether the clogs are considered sculptures or footwear. If they are seen simply as wooden shoes, Sotheby’s are the proud setters of a new record.
Lot 159 of the 4 May 2011 Sotheby’s New York sale was estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000. The item’s highest pre-auction estimate was thus doubled. The clogs, signed P. Go, will be included in the catalogue raisonné being compiled by the Wildenstein Institute. Another pair have been exhibited at Tate Modern in London during a retrospective on the artist.
In a letter from Gauguin to Vincent Merles, the French artist discusses his clogs: “When my clogs ring on the granite floor, I hear the dull and powerful sound that I am looking for in painting”.
According to an expert, Gauguin sculpted three pairs of clogs. The third owner, after witnessing this new record, might be tempted to sell his pair of the artist’s shoes.