Etienne Aubry world record broken at Paris art auction

Parting of Coriolanus from his Wife, the last work exhibited by Etienne Aubry before his death, has set a new world record for the artist at an auction in Paris, France.

The painting sold for €148,704 ($198,690) on March 23, beating its high estimate by 23.9%.

The Versailles-born painter (1745-1781) exhibited the work at the Salon of 1781 in Paris, just months before his death.

Between 1748-1890 the Salon was the greatest annual or biannual art event in the Western world.

The piece has had some restoration work over the years, and is housed within a gilt wood frame.

It has been held in some noted collections, including that of Jacques Augustin Silvestre (1719-1809). 

Aubry Corialanus
Etienne Aubry’s Parting of Coriolanus from his Wife sold for €148,704

The sale also featured a French record for a work by Italian painter Agnolo Gaddi, whose Vierge d'Humilité entourée d'anges, produced circa 1390, achieved €1.02m ($1.36m).

The global art market grew by 7% to $66bn in 2011, according to a report commissioned by the TEFAF Maastricht art fair, with the volume of transactions increasing by 5%.

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We will continue to bring you further news from across the world's art auctions, so make sure you check back here regularly.

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