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Eclectic Offering of Prints At Christie’s London Auction

Christie’s sale of Old Master, modern and contemporary prints in London on Sept. 17 took in £1.9 million ($3.1 million) for 141 lots offered.

NEW YORK—Christie’s sale of Old Master, modern and contemporary prints in London on Sept. 17 took in £1.9million ($3.1million) for 141 lots offered. Of these, 112, or 79 percent, found buyers. The top price was the £217,250 ($358,000) paid for an Edvard Munch lithograph, Madonna, 1895–1902, which had been estimated at £200,000/300,000. Les Deux Femmes Nues, 1945, a series of 22 lithographs by Pablo Picasso, fell below the £100,000/150,000 estimate, selling for £97,250 ($160,350). Among a number of other Picasso prints on offer was Garçon et Dormeuse á la Chandelle, an etching with aquatint and drypoint from La Suite Vollard, 1934, which sold for £25,000 ($41,220), within the £20,000/30,000 estimate.

Andy Warhol’s turquoise and pink screenprint Marilyn Monroe, 1967, sold for £49,250 ($81,200), more than doubling the estimate of £15,000/20,000. Another Warhol screenprint, Red Lenin, 1987, sold for £31,250 ($51,500), within the £25,000/35,000 estimate.

An album containing 74 etchings by Rem­brandt sold for £67,250 ($110,900), exceeding the £40,000/60,000 estimate.

An 1896 lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La Passagère du 54–Promenade en Yacht, brought £79,250 ($131,000), surpassing the £30,000/50,000 estimate. —E.K.

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