Auctions and results

Sat, May 11, 2013, 06:00

Tuesday, May 7th
Sotheby’s, New York. Impressionist and Modern Art. Les Pommes by Paul Cézanne $41.6 million ($25- 35 million); L’Amazone by Amedeo Modigliani $25.9 million ($20-30 million); Paysage à la Ciotat by Georges Braque $15.8 million ($10-15 million) – a world record at auction for this artist; Poirier en Fleurs by Claude Monet $8.5 million ($5-7 million).

Wednesday, May 8th
Bonhams, London. Auction of Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets.

Heart’s Yearnings , written by Oscar Wilde when he was an undergraduate at Magdalen College Oxford in 1874, sold for £67,250, a world record for a poetic manuscript by the writer (estimate £12,000-15,000).

A photograph of Wilde, taken in New York by Napoleon Sarony in 1882 to publicise the writer’s tour of America, sold for £16,250 (estimate £7,000- £8,000).

A photograph of William Butler Yeats by the American photographer Alice Boughton taken in New York in 1903 sold for £18,750 (estimate £4,000-£5,000).

Handwritten draft copies of his poems Are you content and The spirit medium made £15,000 (no estimate supplied) – surpassing the previous record of £5,000 for a Yeats poem at auction.
Wednesday, May 8th
Christie’s, New York.
Impressionist and Modern Art.
Le Petit Pâtissier
by Chaim Soutine sold for $18 million ($16-22 million) – a world record for the artist .

Les Trois Acrobats by Marc Chagall $ 13 million ($6-9 million); Argenteuil, fin d’aprés-midi by Claude Monet $6 million ($5-7 million).
Forthcoming Auctions
Tuesday, May 14th Oliver Usher Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells, Co Meath. Antiques auction at 11am. A Killarney- ware centre table inlaid with eight local scenes €6,000- €8,000; a two-handled silver cup, Dublin 1795, by William Townsend, €1,800-€2,400; an Irish Georgian peat bucket €800-€1,200 .

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