PARIS—Christie’s France held its Impressionist and modern art auction on Dec. 2, realizing €8 million ($10.5 million). Of the 154 lots offered, 125 lots, or 81 percent, were sold. By value the auction was 85 percent sold. The top lot was Raoul Dufy’s Voiliers et barques dans le port (Sailing Boats and Barges in the Harbor), an oil painting with traces of ink on canvas, 1907, that brought €1.9 million ($2.5 million) on an estimate of €800,000/1.2 million.
The second highest lot was a piece by Diego Giacometti, a bronze console table, La promenade des amis, conceived ca. 1976. The console fetched the second highest price for the artist at auction, doubling the low estimate (€300,000/500,000) to sell for €697,000 ($919,064).
An oil painting by Kees Van Dongen, La femme au foulard (Woman in a Scarf), 1921, brought €445,000 ($586,777) on an estimate of €300,000/500,000.
Other works in the auction’s top ten lots included a small version of Auguste Rodin’s Le Baiser (The Kiss, reduction number 3), in bronze with brown patina, cast in 1904, which more than doubled the low end of the €200,000/300,000 estimate, selling for €421,000 ($555,131). Fernand Leger’s still life painting Le pot bleu (The Blue Pot), 1939, estimated at €280,000 /350,000, sold for €373,000 ($491,838).
An artist record was set for Charles Camoin when Port de Cassis (Cassis Harbor), ca. 1901 (estimate: €120,000/180,000) sold for €307,000 ($404,810). Works by André Masson and Marc Chagall were also in the top ten, as were two works by Jean (Hans) Arp. His Pièce d’échec (Chessman) conceived in 1958, and cast in 1963, sold for €205,000 ($270,313) on an estimate of €100,000/150,000, while his bronze La poupée de Déméter (Demeter’s Doll), conceived in 1960, fetched €181,000 ($238,667), on an estimate of €180,000/280,000. Other works that fetched srong prices included pieces by Francis Picabia, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Signac, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Amedeo Modigliani and Man Ray.