NEW YORK—Sotheby’s March 14, midseason sale of Impressionist and modern art, including Russian art, realized $2.6 million, for 137 lots offered. Though the majority of lots sold for under $50,000, the sale saw some strong results and over-estimate prices.
Among the sale’s top lots was a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Armand Guillaumin titled Marine à Saint-Palais, ca. 1900, which sold for $80,500 on a $25,000/35,000 estimate. Dorothea Tanning’s oil, Petite Fantasie a Grande Altitude, 1958, also sold well above expectations, for $86,500, compared with an estimate of $18,000/25,000.
Other sale highlights included Couple, ca. 1908, a colored crayon on paper by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, which sold for $71,500, compared with an estimate of $30,000/50,000; Paul Guiragossian’s oil titled L’enfant Malade, ca. 1973–74, which was estimated at $15,000/20,000, but sold for 68,500; and Pavel Tchelitchew’s Anatomical Head, ca. 1945, a watercolor and gouache on paper, which sold for $50,000, exceeding the estimate of $20,0000/30,000.