London, 26 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The month of February will be n important one for the auction house and its historical London branch. The first evening auctions will be held on 7, 9 and 10 of February featuring the sale of an anonymous collection, through sessions entitled “Impressionist and Modern Art” and “The Art of the Surreal Evening Auctions”. Christie’s prestigious sales will continue on 14 and 15 February offering the second phase to post-war and contemporary art.
Two private collections will notably be proposed at the auctions as well as an attractive series of prints by Lucian Freud. Also, works of major artists from 20th and 21st centuries will be proposed with no specific theme.
One of the highlights at Christie’s London auction will be a portrait of Henrietta Moraes by Francis Bacon. The painting, created in 1963, has been kept absent from the market for 29 years, the current owner having acquired it in 1983.
Mark Rothko’s Untitled, dated 1955, will also be displayed at the auction. The museum quality work has been passed over to the auction house by the Olivier-Hoffman family and led the following year’s major Rothko exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Estimates of these two pieces are available on request by Christie’s.
The evening auction (14 February) reunites 64 lots including the biggest names in contemporary post-war art and today. Four photographs will be proposed, along with a dozen sculptures, six drawings and other lots of the sale composed of mainly paintings. The most represented artists of the auction, with four lots each, are Italian artist Lucio Fontana, English artist Lucian Freud and German artist Gerhard Richter.
On 15 February, three auctions will be presented, including Freud prints issued from the archives of the artist’s “Studio Print”. A total of 44 multiples by Freud will be on the market.
Following the sale is “A Way of Thinking, Works From An Important Private Collection”, proposing a total of sixty lots whose estimates range from several thousand to several hundred thousand Euros.
Finally, “Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction” will conclude this important session in London with 189 lots: 129 paintings, prints and drawings, 44 sculptures and 16 photographs.