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Spanish Sale Takes $19.3M

Christie’s Arte Español sale, held in Madrid on Oct. 4, took in x15.2 million ($19.3 million), or roughly double the year-ago total of x8 million ($9.6 million). Of 176 lots on offer, 82 percent, or 145 were sold.

NEW YORK—Christie’s Arte Español sale, held in Madrid on Oct. 4, took in €15.2 million ($19.3 million), or roughly double the year-ago total of €8 million ($9.6 million). Of 176 lots on offer, 82 percent, or 145 were sold.

A record €2.9 million, or $3.7 million (estimate: x250,000/350,000) was given for El Casino de Paris, 1900, an oil on board by Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa (1872-1959). Another work by the same artist, Danza española, 1901, sold well above the €45,000/65,000 estimate to realize x415,200 ($526,640).

Two works by Miquel Barceló (b. 1957) also figured among the top lots: Bibliotheque avec Poe, 1983, brought €1.2 million, or $1.6 million (estimate: €220,000/320,000), while his Autoportrait avec poison et couteau, 1985, took €404,000, or $512,434 (estimate: €80,000/120,000).

Mujeres 1942, by Oscar Domínguez (1906-57), commanded more than four times the high estimate when it made €908,000, or $1.2 million (estimate: €150,000/200,000); and Bodegón, 1943, realized €348,000, or $441,403 (estimate: €80,000/120,000). Reina Mariana, 2005, by Manolo Valdés (b. 1942), fetched €325,600 ($412,991). By value the auction was 92 percent sold. estimate to realize €415,200 ($526,640).

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