Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Clark Family Treasures Auction at Christie's Part 2

This is Part 2 of the Clark Family Treasures Auction at Christie's in June of this year. These are mostly the paintings in the auction, with a few other items I wanted to show you thrown in. You can check out Part 1 HERE if you missed it. Some of my other posts on Huguette Clark and her family can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE. It is a fascinating story, and makes you wonder how happy was life for Huguette in the Gilded Age.  
This gorgeous painting sold for $100,000.00 US Dollars  

This little painting sold for $27,500 US Dollars  

This was a painting of Huguette herself, painting a male nude! Shocked me to say the least! It sold for $13,750.00 US Dollars.  

This up close shot of her is very cool I think 
They had all her paint brushes and palettes on display. I am not sure if they were for sale or not.   

I really loved this painting and I would have bought it if I was able. It sold for $8,750.00 US Dollars  

Decorated in the Asian taste, comprising a teapot and cover, a cream jug, a sugar bowl and cover, eleven teacups and twelve saucers and twelve cake plates
The teapot 12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide over handle (40)
Estimate $500 to $800 Sold for $1,250.00 US Dollars  
CHATEAU WITH WATER LILLIES painted by Huguette Clark 
It sold for $8,125.00 and the estimate was $3,000-$5,000  
The gem of all the paintings, the John Singer Sargent, the estimate was actually 3 to 5 million and it sold for $4,309,000.00 which was within that range. It was gorgeous to see up close, a real beauty. I found it interesting what one of the Christie's folks told me, When you visit their showroom before an auction, you have the opportunity to see items that will not go in museums. The majority of these items are purchased by private bidders, and they go to their homes, never to be seen again. A great reason to pop in Christie's when in Rockefeller Center to see what they have on display!!  

Today's Words of Wisdom: “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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