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Edvard Munch’s 'Girls on the Bridge' Sells for $54.5 Million at Sotheby’s NY

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NEW YORK, 14 November 2016 – “Tonight’s solid results, coupled with those in London this June, demonstrate there is strong demand for top-quality works at every price level,” said Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art Department. “We were pleased to offer for the third time Edvard Munch’s Girls on the Bridge, which achieved $54.5 million – a price that is second only to his iconic The Scream, sold at Sotheby’s for $120 million. Munch has only recently been recognized for his tremendous impact on both 20th and 21st century art, and our team has worked to build his appreciation in the market as well.”

Jeremiah Evarts, Head of Sotheby’s Evening Sales of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York, commented: “It was wonderful to see a conceptual masterpiece by László Moholy-Nagy set a new auction record for the artist. Works by Moholy-Nagy, Kupka and others illustrate the breadth of our category, and are important early influences for later abstract artists – such as those on offer this week in the collection of Steven & Ann Ames.”

-       Tonight’s auction was led by Edvard Munch’s stunning Girls on the Bridge from 1902, which achieved $54.5 million
o   This work has twice set an auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s – first in 1996, when it sold for $7.7 million, and again in 2008, when it sold for $30.8 million
o   Tonight’s result marks the second-highest auction price for any work by Munch, following The Scream, which sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2012 for $119.9 million – a world auction record at the time for any work of art
o   9 of the top 10 auction prices for Munch’s work have been achieved at Sotheby’s

-       Emerging after decades in a private American collection, Pablo Picasso’s large-scale late work Le Peintre et son modèle brought $12.9 million
o   The work has descended through the family of Joan Oestreich Kend since it was acquired by her father in 1968
o   Also on offer from the Kend Collection was Auguste Rodin’s Penseur, petit modèle, which sold to an Asian private collector for $1.8 million – well above its $1 million high estimate. The work also descended through the family since it was acquired in 1968.

-       The evening’s selection of sculpture was led by Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme, which sold for $8.5 million – above a high estimate of $8 million
o   Strong result for the artist’s sculpture, following the blockbuster show Picasso Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art in New York
o   The model for the present work is the artist's lover and muse from this period, Françoise Gilot, whose image has come to signify a time of intense happiness for the artist

-       Maurice de Vlaminck’s Fauve landscape Le Verger was another highlight of the evening, selling for $7.6 million
o   Painted in 1906, only a few months after Louis Vauxcelles derided the outrageously-colorful canvases of Vlaminck, Matisse and Braque at the Salon d’Automne as the rantings of ‘wild beasts’

-       The sale featured a number of rare and important abstract works from the early-20th century:
o   5 bidders competed for László Moholy-Nagy’s EM 1 Telephonbild, a masterwork of early conceptual art, which achieved $6.1 million – marking a new auction record for the artist. One of two works on offer tonight that were recently on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s acclaimed retrospective.

o   František Kupka’s La Forme du bleu from 1924 sold above its high estimate for $2.2 million






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  • 9567 Munch, Girls on the Bridge
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  • Lot 21 Property From An Important Private European Collection Lyonel Feininger Raddampfer Am Landungssteg (Side-Wheel Steamer At The Landing) Signed Feininger (upper left); signed Feininger and dated 1912 (on the reverse)  Oil on canvas 15 7/8 by 19 1/8 in. 40.3 by 48.5 cm Painted in 1912. Estimate $4/6 million Sold for $ 4,456,250
    Lot 21 Property From An Important Private European Collection Lyonel Feininger Raddampfer Am Landungssteg (Side-Wheel Steamer At The Landing) Signed Feininger (upper left); signed Feininger and dated 1912 (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 15 7/8 by 19 1/8 in. 40.3 by 48.5 cm Painted in 1912. Estimate $4/6 million Sold for $ 4,456,250
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  • Lot 25 Property Of An Important European Collector Marc Chagall La Famille Signed Marc Chagall (lower left); signed Marc Chagall (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 51 1/8 by 34 7/8 in. 130 by 88.6 cm Painted in 1969-71. Estimate $3/4 million Sold for $ 4,400,000
    Lot 25 Property Of An Important European Collector Marc Chagall La Famille Signed Marc Chagall (lower left); signed Marc Chagall (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 51 1/8 by 34 7/8 in. 130 by 88.6 cm Painted in 1969-71. Estimate $3/4 million Sold for $ 4,400,000
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  • Lot 33 Property From An Important Private European Collection Marc Chagall Nature Morte Indistinctly signed M Chagall (on the reverse) Oil on burlap 24 3/4 by 19 3/4 in. 62.9 by 50.2 cm Painted in 1910-11. Estimate $4/6 million Sold for $ 4,737,500
    Lot 33 Property From An Important Private European Collection Marc Chagall Nature Morte Indistinctly signed M Chagall (on the reverse) Oil on burlap 24 3/4 by 19 3/4 in. 62.9 by 50.2 cm Painted in 1910-11. Estimate $4/6 million Sold for $ 4,737,500
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  • Lot 8 Property of an Important American Collector Vincent Van Gogh Nature morte: vase aux glaïeuls Signed Vincent (lower right) Oil on board laid down on canvas  20ǩ by 15Ǫ in; 51.2 by 38.8 cm Painted in Paris in the summer of 1886. Estimate $5/7 million Sold for $5,862,500
    Lot 8 Property of an Important American Collector Vincent Van Gogh Nature morte: vase aux glaïeuls Signed Vincent (lower right) Oil on board laid down on canvas 20ǩ by 15Ǫ in; 51.2 by 38.8 cm Painted in Paris in the summer of 1886. Estimate $5/7 million Sold for $5,862,500
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  • Lot 16 Property of a Distinguished Collector Pablo Picasso Tête de femme Numbered 2/2 and stamped with the foundry mark C. VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE  Bronze Height: 19Ǭ in.; 50.5 cm Executed at Vallauris in 1951. Estimate $6/8 million Sold for $ 8,450,000
    Lot 16 Property of a Distinguished Collector Pablo Picasso Tête de femme Numbered 2/2 and stamped with the foundry mark C. VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE Bronze Height: 19Ǭ in.; 50.5 cm Executed at Vallauris in 1951. Estimate $6/8 million Sold for $ 8,450,000
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