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Lalanne-Mania in Paris: Sotheby's Lalanne Auction breaks records (100% sold)

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    Lalanne-Mania in Paris: Sotheby's Lalanne Auction breaks records (100% sold)
    25.10.2019

Paris, 24 October 2019 - The two-day auction of the personal collection of the late artist duo Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne drew to a close at Sotheby’s Paris tonight, with an outstanding €91,293,713 ($101,470,223) – four times the pre-sale estimates (est. €15.9 – 23m / $17.6 – 25.7m) and the highest total for a private art collection sold in France in the last 10 years. 100% of the lots offered over the course of the two-day sale sold and 96% of them achieved prices above high estimate.

The top lot of the sale was a monumental Rhinocrétaire (“Rhinodesk”) which realised €5,404,400 ($6,006,828), five times the high estimate of €700,000 - 1,000,000. A unique piece from 1991, this unique copper and metal rhinoceros is transformable into a writing desk.

A world auction record for Claude Lalanne was set yesterday evening, when her Grand Choupatte (“Cabbage Feet”), a large bronze cabbage on chicken legs from 2012, with versions included in the world’s leading museums and art collections, achieved €2,172,500 ($2,414,669) – ten times the high estimate (est. €150,000 - 200,000 / $166,000-221,000).

Florent Jeanniard, Head of 20th Century Design at Sotheby’s Europe, said: “The Lalannes’ oeuvre has a universal appeal which was reflected by the enormous excitement the sale generated around globe. The auction which gathered over 4,100 collectors from 43 countries is a huge tribute to the whimsical genius of the couple.”

Mario Tavella, Président-directeur général of Sotheby’s France and Chairman Sotheby’s Europe said: “The results achieved are testament to the immense contribution of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne to the history of 20th-century art. We are also very proud to have realised the highest total ever achieved for a Sotheby’s sale in France.”






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  • Lot 13 FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 UNIQUE RHINOCRÉTAIRE 1991 patinated welded copper and metal, the fall-front opening to reveal a writing surface Monogrammed FXL, stamped LALANNE, dated 91 and numbered 1/1 on one thigh 126 x 255 x 72 cm ; 49 ⅝ x 100 ⅜ x 28 ⅜ in. Lot sold: €5,404,400
    Lot 13 FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 UNIQUE RHINOCRÉTAIRE 1991 patinated welded copper and metal, the fall-front opening to reveal a writing surface Monogrammed FXL, stamped LALANNE, dated 91 and numbered 1/1 on one thigh 126 x 255 x 72 cm ; 49 ⅝ x 100 ⅜ x 28 ⅜ in. Lot sold: €5,404,400
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 20 FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 Les Trois Grands Moutons de Peter 2007 gilt patinated bronze  Each monogrammed FXL, dated 2007 and numbered EA 4/4 A and with foundry mark bocquel Fd. on the hoofs The largest: 81 x 105 x 45 cm; 31 ⅞ x 41 ⅜ x 17 ¾ in. Lot sold : €2,052,500
    Lot 20 FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 Les Trois Grands Moutons de Peter 2007 gilt patinated bronze Each monogrammed FXL, dated 2007 and numbered EA 4/4 A and with foundry mark bocquel Fd. on the hoofs The largest: 81 x 105 x 45 cm; 31 ⅞ x 41 ⅜ x 17 ¾ in. Lot sold : €2,052,500
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 18 FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 OURS 2015 patinated bronze  Monogrammed FXL, dated 2015, numbered 8/8 and with foundry mark bocquel Fd. on the base 315 x 151 x 152 cm; 124 x 59 ⅜ x 59 ¾ in. Lot sold: €2,292,500
    Lot 18 FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 OURS 2015 patinated bronze Monogrammed FXL, dated 2015, numbered 8/8 and with foundry mark bocquel Fd. on the base 315 x 151 x 152 cm; 124 x 59 ⅜ x 59 ¾ in. Lot sold: €2,292,500
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 11 CLAUDE LALANNE 1925 - 2019 CROCODILE DESK 2009 gilt patinated bronze  Monogrammed C.L., stamped LALANNE, dated 2009 and numbered 7/8 on the edge of the top 87 x 155 x 57 cm; 34 ¼ x 61 x 22 ½ in. Lot sold: €1,572,500
    Lot 11 CLAUDE LALANNE 1925 - 2019 CROCODILE DESK 2009 gilt patinated bronze Monogrammed C.L., stamped LALANNE, dated 2009 and numbered 7/8 on the edge of the top 87 x 155 x 57 cm; 34 ¼ x 61 x 22 ½ in. Lot sold: €1,572,500
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
  • Lot 28 FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 Gorille de sûreté  I 2006 gilt patinated bronze  Monogrammed FXL and numbered 2/8 on a foot and with foundry mark bocquel Fd. on the back 150 x 100 x 97 cm; 59 x 39 ⅜ x 38 ⅛ in. Lot sold: €1,932,500
    Lot 28 FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE 1927 - 2008 Gorille de sûreté I 2006 gilt patinated bronze Monogrammed FXL and numbered 2/8 on a foot and with foundry mark bocquel Fd. on the back 150 x 100 x 97 cm; 59 x 39 ⅜ x 38 ⅛ in. Lot sold: €1,932,500
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus