of a Girl (H. 41) (est. $25/35,000), Large Head (H. 47II) (est. $25/35,000) and Head of a Man (H. 46) (est. $15/20,000). Other top works include Richard Diebenkorn’s Large Bright Blue, an etching and aquatint from 1980 (est. $100/150,000); The Nude with Blue Hair (C. 286), a 1994 relief print from Roy Lichtenstein’s Nudes series (est. $150/250,000); and Warhol’s iconic Mao (F. & S. II.90-99) set of 10 screenprints from 1972 (est. $300/400,000).
TRAVELING EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK: Exhibition: 30 April - 4 May
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON’S AN EXCEPTIONAL EYE: A PRIVATE BRITISH COLLECTION
14 July 2010
On Wednesday, July 14, 2010, Sotheby’s will present for sale, in its New Bond Street galleries in London, An Exceptional Eye: A Private British Collection. The single-owner sale of some 250 lots will have at its heart an exquisite group of 18th and 19th century British Watercolours and Drawings and Portrait Miniatures, which ranks as one of the finest collections of its kind to have come to the market in recent memory. Magnificent Regency furniture will also be offered alongside English sculpture, vertu, clocks, ceramics, glass, silverware, design, books, manuscripts, rugs, and extends to prize winning steam model trains. The sale, which will be on exhibition at Sotheby’s London from July 1014, is expected to bring in excess of £4 million.
IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART EVENING Exhibition opens: 30 April
5 May 2010
Among the works on offer in the May evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art is Amedeo Modigliani’s beautiful Jeanne Hébuterne au Collier, which hasn’t appeared at auction in nearly 70 years (est. $8/12 million). Painted between 1916-17 at the beginning of their relationship, the work is believed to be the very first portrait of Modigliani’s future wife and most important model, Jeanne Hébuterne. By the time he started depicting Jeanne, the artist had developed his mature style, and the portraits of her painted during the last three years of his life are among his greatest masterpieces, including the world record ($31.4 million) achieved by Sotheby’s New York in 2004. Modigliani’s portraits of Jeanne are rich with emotional and psychological content; here he balances with beautiful, thick impasto the bold scale and execution with soft tones and tenderness for the sitter, present in her gently curved figure. Also featured is Lyonel Feininger’s spectacular Der Rote Geiger (The Red Fiddler) which comes directly from the collection of the family of the artist (est. $5/7 million). In Der rote Geiger, Feininger revisits a subject he first depicted over two decades previously. His return to the subject of the fiddler is not surprising: Feininger was the son of a concert violinist and was an able player himself. Painted in Germany on the brink of the defining crisis of the 20th century, Der rote Geiger is more than a depiction of the artist’s passion for music. This painting marks the first appearance on canvas of Feininger’s fiddler, a character that has since become a symbol of defiance and resilience in the face of crushing