Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte and Joan Miro, as well as Banksy’s tribute to Britain’s National Health Service, are among a selection of artworks up for auction this month at Christie’s 20th Century Art Auction .
Held in London on March 23, the auction features 55 lots, including Picasso’s Femme nue couchée au collier, which has an estimated price of 9 million pounds – 15 million pounds ($ 12.50 million – $ 21 million).
Another portrait of the Spanish artist, Killer woman in a fauteuil noir, sells for 6 million – 9 million pounds.
Other lots include a self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Portrait du photographe Dilewski” by Amedeo Modigliani and “Three Self-Portraits” by Andy Warhol.
“It’s about 20th century art with some 21st century art included as well … The works for sale are predominantly market fresh, which is what our customers want,” Keith Gill, co-director of the night sale of the twentieth century. .
When asked about the impact of Brexit on art sales in London, he added: “From what we can tell, our sales are going from strength to strength.”
Game changer, from the elusive British street artist Banksy and depicting a boy playing with a nurse as a superhero instead of Batman and Spiderman, has an estimated price of 2.5 million – 3.5 million pounds.
The painting, unveiled last year at Southampton University Hospital, paid tribute to frontline workers from Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceeds from the sale will go to the NHS.
Christie’s will also hold its Art of the Surreal auction on the same day.
Highlights include “Le mois des vendanges” by Rene Magritte, which has an estimate of 10 million – 15 million pounds and “Peinture” by Joan Miro, with a price of 9 million – 14 million pounds among the 27 lots. ($ 1 = 0.7203 pounds).