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Magritte, Miro and More Picasso: Christie’s – Art of the Surreal (London)

February 28, 2018

Magritte’s Le groupe silencieux

Picasso’s Figure

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).

Miro’s Painting

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.

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