On the evening of February 28, Christie’s also presented their Art of the Surreal. Taking top honors here was …. drum roll please … Picasso! His painting titled Figure (a 26 x 19 inch work created on February 2, 1930 … only took him one day) brought in £8.33M ($11.54M – est. £3-5M). In second we had Magritte’s Le groupe silencieux at £7.21M ($9.98M – est. £6.5-9.5M) and in third we saw Miro’s Painting (another creative title) at £3.6M ($4.99M – est. £2-3M). Rounding out the top 5 were two additional Magritte’s – L’oasis at £3.13M ($4.3M – est. £1.4-2M) and Les signes du soir which made £1.8M ($2.5M – est. £1.5-2.5M).
The sale featured 34 works, of which 25 sold (73.5%) and the total take was £35.73M ($49.47M) … the low end of their estimate range was £28.45M. A couple of the more interesting statistics were: the top 5 works (20% of the sold lots) accounted for £24.03M, or 67.25% of the sale’s total; while the top 10 brought in £30.26M, or 84.6% of the sale’s total.