PARIS—On Oct. 22, Tajan auction house in Paris held an auction of works from the eclectic collection of Jorge de Brito, the well-known Portuguese banker and businessman, who passed away in 2006. The auction, “Hommage à Jorge de Brito,” brought together paintings, furniture and Chinese and Portuguese antiques to fetch a total just under €8 million ($11 million), with 37, or 65 percent, of the 57 works on offer finding buyers. By value, the auction was 87 percent sold.
Numerous works by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva were included in the sale, ranging from early realistic works to her more characteristic, complex abstract compositions.
A new auction record was set for her oil painting Saint- Fargeau, 1965, which fetched €1.5 million ($2.1 million), surpassing its estimate of €800,000/1.2 million. A mixed-media work on paper by Amedeo Modigliani, Cariatide, 1916, sold for €858,589 ($1.2 million), more than quadrupling the low estimate of €200,000/300,000.
Other top lots in the sale included Vieira da Silva’s oil painting titled Morning, 1967, which was estimated at €500,000/700,000 and sold within expectations for €607,925 ($839,340). And her oil on canvas titled Meals in the country, 1947, sold for €496,397 ($685,355), on an estimate of €300,000/500,000.
Sonia Delaunay’s Marché au Minho I, Portugal, 1916, a wax painting on paper mounted on canvas, brought €496,397 ($685,355), compared with an estimate of €400,000/600,000.
Also among the top lots, a carved, Ming dynasty sculpture in jade of a water buffalo, which sold within the estimated €500,000/700,000 for €620,317 ($856,477).