Lot 8. Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Concetto Spaziale, Attese. signed, titled and inscribed ‘Fontana “Concetto Spaziale” ATTESE Andrò a Torino a vedere Michel Tapié’ (on the reverse), waterpaint on canvas, 28 ¾ x 23 ¾ in. Painted in 1965. Estimate EUR 2,400,000 - EUR 2,800,000. Sold for EUR 2,650,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

PARIS.- The Post-War and Contemporary Art department has realised €79M for the year 2019 in France, making it one of the highest result for the department.

Laetitia Bauduin, Director of the department: “These very strong results prove that our strategy to offer three milestones during the year is rewarding. The highlight of the year is with no doubt our Paris Avant-Garde sale which attracts more and more international collectors and which is getting stronger over the years. We are particularly pleased to have established a new world auction record for Nicolas de Staël for which Parc des Princes was sold for 20,000,000 euros, and becomes the highest price achieved for a post-war and contemporary work sold in France this year".

The top lot of these two sales was Concetto spaziale [Attese] by Lucio Fontana which sold for €2,650,000.

The international bidders coming from 20 countries registered in last night’s sale paid a beautiful tribute to Jean Dubuffet through three of his works coming from the prestigious collection of Eileen and I.M Pei. The Brouette I (1964) was sold for €634,000 against a presale estimate of €350,000-550,000, the poetic Voyage du grand nuage (1955) achieved €125,000 and the Chaise bleue (1967) realised €262,000; bringing the grand total for this splendid collection to US$36,5 million.


Lot 2. The Collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei. Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), La Brouette I, signed and dated ‘J. Dubuffet 64’ (lower right); signed, titled and dated ‘"La brouette I" J. Dubuffet juillet 64’ (on the reverse), oil on canvas, 35 x 45 ½ in. Painted in 1964. Estimate EUR 350,000 - EUR 550,000. Sold for EUR 634,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.


Lot 1. The Collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei. Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Chaise bleue, signed with the initials and dated ‘J.D. 67’ (lower side edge), transfer on polyester, 39 ¼ x 19 x 20 inExecuted on 18th June 1967Estimate EUR 80,000 - EUR 120,000. Sold for EUR 262,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.


Lot 3. The Collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei. Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Voyage du Grand Nuage, sigsigned and dated ‘J. Dubuffet 55’ (lower right); signed, titled and dated ‘"Voyage du grand nuage" J. Dubuffet juillet/août 1955’ (on the reverse), ink on paper collage, 27 x 26 ¼ inExecuted in July-September 1955Estimate EUR 60,000 - EUR 90,000. Sold for EUR 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Further highlights of the evening sale included Keith Haring’s monumental and emblematic work, Untitled, executed in 1988 and which was acquired for €2,230,000 while Yu-Gyo by Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga was sold for €778,000 against a presale estimate of €350,000-450,000.



Lot 9. Keith Haring (1958-1990), Untitled, signed, dated, located and inscribed 'NOV. 8 1988 (ELECTION DAY) BUSH WON. OH SHIT. NOW WHAT? © K. Haring 1988 NOV.8 NYC(+)' (on the overlap), acrylic on canvas, 120 1/8 x 120 1/8 in. Painted in 1988. Estimate EUR 2,000,000 - EUR 3,000,000. Sold for EUR 2,230,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.


Lot 7. Kazuo Shiraga (1924-2008)Yu-Gyo, signed in Japanese (lower right); signed, titled and dated in Japanese (on the reverse), oil on canvas, 52 ¾ x 65 inPainted in 1989. Estimate EUR 350,000 - EUR 450,000. Sold for EUR 778,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.


Lot 12. Pierre Soulages (Né en 1919), Peinture 81 x 100 cm, 12 avril 1969, signed ‘Soulages’ (lower right); signed and dated ‘SOULAGES 12 Avril 69’ (on the stretcher); dated ’12.4.69’ (on the reverse), oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 39 3/8 in. Estimate EUR 600,000 - EUR 800,000. Sold for EUR 766,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

The Day Sale which attracted international bidders from 22 countries realized strong prices such as for Serge Poliakoff’s Composition abstraite which was sold for €237,500 against a presale estimate of €120,000-180,000 and for Pierre Alechinsky impressive painting Le Bélier which realised €175,000 against a presale estimate of €70,000-100,000.


Lot 166. Serge Poliakoff (1900-1969), Composition abstraite, signed 'SERGE POLIAKOFF' (lower left), oil on canvas, 28 ¾ x 23 5/8 in. Painted in 1967. Estimate EUR 120,000 - EUR 180,000. Sold for EUR 237,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.


Lot 168. Pierre Alechinsky (né en 1927), Le Bélier, signed ‘Alechinsky’ (lower right); signed, titled, dated and located ‘"LE BELIER" Alechinsky 1965 V N.Y.’ (on the stretcher), oil on canvas, 54 x 62 in. Painted in 1965. Estimate EUR 70,000 - EUR 100,000. Sold for EUR 175,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.