Wednesday 23 June 2010

"The low end of its estimate... "

Manet self-portrait sells for $34M

A self-portrait by French painter Edouard Manet wearing a bowler hat sold for more than $34 million, a record for his works.

But the sale of Manet à la palette, painted 1878-79, came in toward the low end of its estimate at Sotheby's auction house in London on Tuesday. It was one of only two self-portraits by the artist, Sotheby's said.

The previous record for a Manet was about $25 million.

Other sales at Sotheby's sale of Impressionist and modern art:

•Arbres à collioure by French painter André Derain, $25 million.
•Odalisques jouant aux dames by Henri Matisse, $18.5 million.

A Bonhams auction of impressionist and modern art on Tuesday yielded disappointing results, with Marc Chagall's La revolution and Pablo Picasso's Portrait de Mr Minguell failing to sell.

Christie's in London has more art on the block Wednesday, including one of Claude Monet's celebrated water lily paintings and Picasso's 1903 Portrait d'Angel Fernandez de Soto.

1 comment:

  1. He looks like Mike Love in yet another hat!