Claude Monet (1840-1926), Dans la prairie, signed and dated 'Claude Monet 76' (lower right) oil on canvas 23 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (60.3 x 82 cm.) Painted in 1876. Sold for $16,164,918. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2009.

LONDON.- The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale took place at Christie’s this evening and realized $91,210,543. The top price of the evening was paid for Claude Monet’s Dans la Prairie, 1876, which was exhibited at the seminal third Impressionist Exhibition in 1877 and which sold at this evening sale for $16,164,918. At this evening’s auction, 4 works of art sold for over £5 million / 16 over £1 million. Buyers (by lot / by origin) were 18% UK, 54% Europe not including UK, 26% Americas and 2% Asia.

Giovanna Bertazzoni, Director and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s London: “This evening’s results demonstrate the strength of this long established category of art. Its timeless appeal was illustrated by committed bidding from a deep pool of collectors from around the world who seized the opportunity to bid for rare and exceptional works, many of which were offered at auction for the first time in decades.”

Further leading highlights of the sale included:


Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), Les deux filles, oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 25 5/8 in. (100.2 x 65.1 cm.) Painted in 1918. Sold for $9,315,581. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2009.

·Les deux filles, a rare double portrait by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) which was offered at auction for the first time having been acquired directly from the artist through his dealer over 90 years ago, and which sold for £6,537,250 / $9,400,566/ €7,223,661, against a pre-sale estimate of £3.5 million to £5.5 million.


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), L'abandon (Les deux amies), signed 'HT Lautrec' (lower left) oil on board 18 x 26 5/8 in. (45.7 x 67.7 cm.) Painted in 1895. Sold for $8,917,398. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2009.

L'abandon (Les deux amies), 1895, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), one of the finest works by the artist to be offered at auction, realized £6,201,250 / $8,917,398 / €6,852,381 (estimate: £5 million to £7 million).


Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), Les couturières, stamped with the signature 'E Vuillard' (Lugt 2497a; lower right), oil on canvas,
18¾ x 22 5/8 in. (47.5 x 57.5 cm.). Painted in 1890. Sold for $7,240,781. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2009.

·Les couturières, 1890, by Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), one of the seminal Nabi masterpieces which was painted when the artist was just 21 years old and which £5,081,250 / $4,306,838 / €5,614,781 against a pre-sale £4.5 million to £6.5 million.

Elsewhere in the sale, La cuirasse d’or, circa 1907, a seductive portrait of a dancer by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) sold for £2,897,250 / $4,166,246 / €3,201,461 against an estimate of £1.5 million to £2.5 million; and Reclining Mother and Child by Henry Moore (1898-1986), one of an edition of seven plus one further cast described by David Sylvester as ‘possibly the greatest of Moore’s works in bronze’, realized £2,617,250 / $3,763,606 / €2,892,061 (estimate: £1,500,000 to £2,000,000).