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Christie’s House Sale Draws Strong Prices for Fine Art

Christie’s recent House Sale, an auction that features a broad range of fine and decorative arts and furniture, included a number of lower-priced works by well-known artists. Provenance helped send a number of works to over-estimate prices. The two-day sale on Feb. 11 and 12 realized a total of $2.4 million.

NEW YORK—Christie’s recent House Sale, an auction that features a broad range of fine and decorative arts and furniture, included a number of lower-priced works by well-known artists. Provenance helped send a number of works to over-estimate prices. The two-day sale on Feb. 11 and 12 realized a total of $2.4 million.

Among the highlights in fine art was an oil, Untitled, by Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), which went for $13,200 (estimate: $5,000/7,000).

The work, from the estate of Maria-Gaetana Matisse, was sold for the benefit of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. A painting by Theodore Stamos (1914-1955) that came from the Prudential Collection, Avignon #2, circa 1958, soared past its $12,000/18,000 estimate to reach $102,000.

Other strong prices included $13,200 for an oil on board, Untitled, by Elaine de Kooning (1919-1989) that was estimated at $2,000/3,000; and $28,800 (estimate: $6,000/8,000) for L’instabile, 1960, a welded-steel sculpture by Philippe Hiquily (b. 1925), that was listed as “property from a private American collection.”

Two works by Richard Anuskiewicz (b. 1930) also performed well: Contained, 1965, in Liquitex on board (estimate: $3,000/5,000), took $15,600, while Summer Sun, 1972, an acrylic on canvas, brought $20,400 (estimate: $6,000/8,000).

A work by Victor Vasarely (1908-1997), CTA-104, 1965, in tempera on board mounted on panel, fetched $28,800 (estimate: $5,000/7,000). The painting had been acquired by the present owner from the Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, in 1965.

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