Christie's Works On Paper sale could bring $25m in New York

A selection of works on paper from some of the most important artists of the 20th century will feature in an upcoming Christie's auction.

The Impressionist & Modern Works on Paper sale, which takes place in New York on May 2, will offer work by Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger and Henry Moore amongst others.

The evening auction will be preceded by a Day Sale featuring work by names including Barbara Hepworth, Pierre Bonnard, Auguste Rodin and Paul Signac. In total, the two sales will feature more than 370 lots and are expected to achieve over $25m.

The works have been consigned from a number of important collections including those of Alan Dershowitz and Carolyn Cohen, Evelyn D. Haas, the Estate of Paul Mellon and the Ascher Family. In addition, several lots have been provided by national institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.


Vibrierend by Wassily Kandinsky
Vibrierend by Wassily Kandinsky

Headlining the sale will be Wassily Kandinsky's abstract work 'Vibrierend', produced during his involvement with the Bauhaus and valued at $500,000 - $700,000. It will appear alongside 'Femme se regardant dans un miroir tenu par un enfant' by Pablo Picasso, created in 1905-6 and valued at $300,000 - $400,000.

The evening sale will also include a set of four drawings by Fernand Léger, offered by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to raise money for their programs and Acquisitions Fund. The four pieces, which illustrate Léger's style as he experimented with abstraction and Art Deco forms, will be sold as a single lot estimated at $250,000 - $350,000.

Highlights from the Day Sale include the Pierre Bonnard landscape 'La Plage (Arcachon)' estimated at $200,000 - $300,000, Barbara Hepworth's sculpture 'Stringed Figure (Curlew)'  valued at $250,000 -$350,000 and Auguste Rodin's 1877 work 'L'âge d'airain, petit modèle' estimated at $150,000 - $250,000.

For collectors and investors looking to acquire a work on paper by one of the 20th century's most important artists, we are currently offering this exceptional signed Salvador Dali sketch direct from the personal collection of his wife and muse Gala Dali.

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