"Impressionists and modernists" and "post-War and contemporary art"

Two segments of the market — "Impressionists and modernists" and "post-War and contemporary art" — traditionally bring to the overall Treasury lion's share of sales, and a third of this amount is done at the spring auction in New York. These unimaginable figures are supported by the highest quality of works.

Generations of collectors, replacing each other for many years, bring to the public their treasures, which undoubtedly intrigues not only new buyers, but also those who can afford these works only in reproductions. It happens, as a rule, in connection with the departure of their owners from life. And since the collections of this caliber are in trusts managed by financiers and lawyers, and are included in all taxable assets, the heirs prefer to share the proceeds from the sale of funds, rather than argue about a particular subject. Here everything is fair: open trades attract all possible active players, the maximum amount is achieved by hitting the hammer auctioneer, warning participants about the "last chance" and "no regret" — and here they are, cherished money. Their recipient can now afford to buy anything, including a new, to your taste, the picture.

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Several first-class collections received at its disposal auction Christie's. The collection of the recently deceased CY Newhouse, co-owner of the media holding Condé Nast (publishing business ), pulls a few hundred million dollars.The pride of the businessman's collection is the beautiful landscape of Vincent van Gogh, classic and convincing. Nearby, in the same room with him, located Paul Cezanne with a fundamental, finished still life "Tea and fruit." No one knows how to evaluate the masterpieces of such a truly Shchukin-Morozov level, on the market they are rare guests, because in the signatures to them is a universal formula — "estimate on request" ("estimate on request"), in case someone comes to mind to give them half the Kingdom.

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The collection Sotheby's, this time not so replete with masterpieces, like their eternal rivals. But this year the auction house celebrates its 275th anniversary, and not to find something "hot" would be unacceptable. At the evening auction of impressionist in the sense to Shine the six-metre mural by William Bouguereau "the Youth of Bacchus." After a loud debut at the Paris Salon in 1884, this epic canvas depicting a parade of satyrs, maenads and centaurs in human growth, was hidden from prying eyes in the artist's Studio. Bouguereau refused all of the best deals of the Marshal, believing that the moment his real triumph is yet to come. The estimate of $25-35 million does not look excessive, as there are very few academic samples of such quality and scale.

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On Bonhams auction will be held without much pomp, except that one unconditional masterpiece in the hall on Madison Avenue promises a battle. We are talking about the fundamental work of Keith Haring (1958-1990), although called neutral — Untitled, but tells the story of all the famous and beloved by the artist character — Mickey mouse. The technique of this work is quite unassuming — acrylic on polyvinyl, material for stretching posters, advertising banners and cheap photo products. But he has a couple of advantages: the size (and its, it should be noted, impressive — a square of more than three meters) and the date — 1983,one of the most productive stages in the artist's work. Haring, along with Jean-Michel Basquiat, was from a group of young promising talents, from those who represented the new art of the post-Warhol period. Mickey mouse and his adventures — an occasion for self-irony and provocation of the artist, and at the same time he is an important hero for Haring, involved in rethinking the current problems faced by the generation of the 1980s. Haring himself became a victim of AIDS, and his hero Mickey is still the ruler of doom.

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