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Western Art Shows Strength at Tokyo Auctions

Shinwa Art Auction’s sale of modern art on March 25 realized ¥618.95 million ($5.3 million), down from the previous sale total of ¥860.83 million ($7.3 million) on Jan. 28. A total of 120, or 88.2 percent, of 136 lots were sold. Among top lots in Yoga, or oil paintings by Japanese artists, Tsuguharu Fujita’s Boshizo

TOKYO—Shinwa Art Auction’s sale of modern art on March 25 realized ¥618.95 million ($5.3 million), down from the previous sale total of ¥860.83 million ($7.3 million) on Jan. 28. A total of 120, or 88.2 percent, of 136 lots were sold.

Among top lots in Yoga, or oil paintings by Japanese artists, Tsuguharu Fujita’s Boshizo (portrait of a mother and child), 1952, sold for ¥32 million, or $274,400 (estimate: ¥20/25 million); Kuroi Tebukurono Shojo (A Girl with Black Gloves), by the same artist, fetched ¥27 million, or $231,521 (estimate: ¥18/23 million); and Takanori Ogisu’s Garage jaune, 1931, went for ¥25 million ($214,371), doubling the low estimate of ¥12 million.

Of the Nihonga, or traditional Japanese paintings, Taikan Yokoyama’s Fuji Shinrei, 1946, fetched ¥28 million, or $240,000 (estimate: ¥28/38 million), while his Sanpo no Fuji san brought ¥25 million, or $214,371 (estimate: ¥25/35 million); and Matazo Kayama’s Zuishou brought ¥26 million, or $222,946 (estimate: ¥26/32 million).

Among works by Western artists, Bernard Buffet’s oil painting La Colonne Vendôme, 1988, made ¥17 million ($145,772), about three times the estimated ¥5.5/7 million; Pablo Picasso’s pastel painting Cabaret danseuse et sa mère, sold for ¥16.5 million ($141,485), about four times the estimated ¥3/5 million; and Maurice Utrillo’s Le lapin agile à Montmartre, 1942, fell for ¥12 million, or $102,900 (estimate: ¥9/15 million).

AJC’s modern art auction on March 11 achieved a total of ¥223.3 million ($1.87 million), nearly identical to the ¥232.2 million scored at its previous sale on Dec. 3. In all, 116, or 82.9 percent, of the 140 lots were sold. The highest-priced lot was Picasso’s aquatint La femme à la fenêtre, 1952, which brought ¥21.5 million ($180,660), more than twice the estimated ¥7.5/10 million.

SUKI NAKAMICHI

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