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Lot 8. Alberto Giacometti, Grande Femme II. signed, inscribed and with the foundry mark ‘Alberto Giacometti Epreuve d’artiste Susse Fondeur Paris’ (at the back of the base); with the foundry mark again ‘SUSSE FONDEUR PARIS CIRE PERDUE’ (inside the base), bronze with dark brown patina. Height: 108 7/8 in. Conceived in 1960; this bronze cast in 1980-81 in an edition of 7 plus 2 artist's proofs plus one for the Fondation Maeght. Estimate On Request. Sold for: €24,907,500/ £22,167,675 /$29,390,850. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

PARIS.- Christie’s FIAC week sales opened with the second edition of Christie’s Paris Avant-Garde auction which realised a strong €38,6M/£34,4M/$45,6M. Christie’s France’s President, François de Ricqlès, held the hammer in a packed room selling 27 lots to international buyers from 12 countries. The highly-expected Grande Femme II by Alberto Giacometti achieved an impressive €24,907,500/£22,167,675/$29,390,850, becoming the most expensive work of art sold in France in 2017. This sculpture was first conceived by Giacometti in 1960 when he was asked to realise a project for the Chase Manhattan Bank’s public plaza in New York. 

Pierre Martin-Vivier, Director, Chairman’s Office: “We are thrilled with the very good results achieved tonight and especially for the new high for any work of art sold in France in 2017 with Grande Femme II and it was a great honor to be entrusted with the sale of this prestigious work of art”. 

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Lot 8. Alberto Giacometti, Grande Femme II. signed, inscribed and with the foundry mark ‘Alberto Giacometti Epreuve d’artiste Susse Fondeur Paris’ (at the back of the base); with the foundry mark again ‘SUSSE FONDEUR PARIS CIRE PERDUE’ (inside the base), bronze with dark brown patina. Height: 108 7/8 in. Conceived in 1960; this bronze cast in 1980-81 in an edition of 7 plus 2 artist's proofs plus one for the Fondation Maeght. Estimate On Request. Sold for: €24,907,500/ £22,167,675 /$29,390,850. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

The first edition of Facile by Paul Eluard and Man Ray was sold for €823,500 to Jean-Baptiste Proyard bidding in the room on behalf of a private client, establishing a new auction record for any 20th century French editioned book. A world auction record was achieved for Claude Cahun’s photograph that sold for €223,500 against a pre-sale estimate of €100,000-150,000.  

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Lot 23. Paul Eluard (1895-1952) - Man Ray (1890-1976). Facile. Poèmes de Paul Eluard. Photographies de Man Ray. Paris : Editions GLM, [22 juin] 1935. 12 photographies en noir et blanc de Man Ray en héliogravure. In-8 (245 x 183 mm). Edition originale. Un des 5 exemplaires hors-commerce sur Japon impérial, celui-ci non numéroté, signé par l’éditeur Guy Lévis Mano. Estimate EUR 500,000 - EUR 700,000. Price realised EUR 823,500. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

Jean Dubuffet was well represented in the sale with two drawings and an exceptional painting, realised in 1964 from the Hourloupe series, which was acquired by international collector Mr. Samir Traboulsi for €1,927,500. 

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Lot 7. Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), J'accours, signed and dated 'J. Dubuffet 64' (lower left); signed, dated again and titled 'J'accours (vinyl) mars 64 J. Dubuffet' (on the reverse), vinyl on canvas, 76 ½ x 51 in. Painted on the 27th of March 1964. Estimate EUR 1,500,000 - EUR 2,000,000Price realised EUR 1,927,500.  © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

A strong result was also realised for Through the Dusk (Homage to the square) by Josef Albers which sold for €631,500, three times its presale estimate and the mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder from the personal collection of Tal Coat was sold for €1,327,500.  

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Lot 13. Josef Albers (1888-1976), Through the Dusk (Homage to the square), signed, dated and titled '"Through the dusk" (Homage to the square) Albers '54' (on the reverse), oil on masonite, 32 x 32 in. Painted in 1954. Estimate EUR 250,000 - EUR 350,000Price realised EUR 631,500© Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

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Lot 11. Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Sans titre, signed with the artist’s monogram and dated ‘CA 61’ (on the horizontal element), mobile – sheet metal, wire and paint, 33 ½ x 50 ¾ x 13 ¾ in. Executed in 1961. Estimate EUR 800,000 - EUR 1,200,000Price realised EUR 1,327,500. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

Tudor Davies, Co-Head of Sale: “The second edition of our Paris Avant-Garde sale was a real success and we are pleased to have seen so much interest from international collectors present in Paris for FIAC. In addition to the great result achieved by the Giacometti’s sculpture, may more artworks realised strong results such as Sonia Delaunay’s oil on canvas created in 1913 and originally from the Bing gallery which was sold for €1,567,500”.

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Lot 15. Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), Prismes électriques, signed and dated 'Sonia Delaunay 1913' (lower right), oil on canvas, 31 ¾ x 25 ½ in. Painted in 1913. Estimate EUR 1,000,000 - EUR 1,500,000Price realised EUR 1,567,500© Christie’s Images Limited 2017.