Juan Gris' Nature morte smashes artist record by 98%

Juan Gris' Nature morte a la nappe a carreaux (1915) has sold for £34.8m ($56.6m), setting a new record for the artist's work at auction.

The painting headlined Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London on February 4, smashing Gris' previous record of $28.6m (set at Christie's New York in 2010) by 98.1%.

Christie's Juan Gris Nature
Juan Gris' Nature morte a la nappe a carreaux has set a new record for the artist's work at auction

It was the first appearance of the painting at auction, one of a number consigned by a Swiss collector. It had featured previously in the collection of Dr GF Reber of Lausanne - one of the most significant patrons of the cubist movement.

Other works that performed well at the sale included Picasso's Femme au costume turc dans un fauteuil (1955), which hammered for £16.8m ($27.4m).

The major work, which depicts the artist's muse Jacqueline Roque, is one of a series exploring variations on Delacroix's Les femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement (1834), a theme inspired by the death of his friend Matisse.

Piet Mondrian's Composition No. II with Blue and Yellow (1930) made £12.4m ($20.1m), while a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, Trois hommes qui marchent I (1951), achieved £9m ($14.7m) - an increase of 13.7% on an £8m ($13m) estimate.

The auction achieved total sales of £158.9m ($259.5m).  

Jay Vincze, international director and head of the impressionist and modern art department at Christie's London, commented: "The energy of the sale and the depth of bidding was exceptional, particularly on the top lots, underpinned by both the quality of the works on offer and the global nature of both new and established buyers and bidders."

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