Limited Editions auction in Artcurial Paris was a successful one - around three quarters of auctioned lots have been sold, and, cumulatively, those sold lot gathered more money than the sum of their high estimates. Francis Bacon's Miroir de la Tauromachie (Bullfighting Mirror) had the biggest hammer price, while Andy Warhol's Torsos and jewelry Louis Vuitton case with artworks by Arman, Ben and Cesar (Malle A Bijoux Louis Vuitton) had the biggest difference between their respective hammer price and high estimates.
These four lithographs by Francis Bacon are actually ilustration of Michel Leiris' essay - Leiris was a French surrealist writer and ethnographer. He also wrote art critics and published numerous critical texts on artists he admired, including Francis Bacon, a close friend for whom he had modeled - one of them is called Francis Bacon face et profil (1983). Three lithographs are depicting bullfighting arena, while the fourth one is the portrait of Michel Leiris. This is copy number 26 from the edition of 150.
There were 158 lots at Limited Editions auction at Artcurial in Paris, and 118 of them have been sold, which was good for 74.7 percent. These sold lots gathered $755,546 which was for 9.8 percent more than the sum of their high estimates ($688,316). Sixty six lots, or an excellent 55.9 percent, were sold over high estimate, and only 13.6 percent (16 lots) under low estimate. As we said, Francis Bacon's Miroir de la Tauromachie had the highest hammer price with $62,237, and the average hammer price for a sold lot at Limited Editions was $6,403.
After Bacon's work, the highest hammer prices had Andy Warhol's Mick Jagger, which was sold for $45,102, Jeff Koons' Balloon Venus Dom Perignon ($43,916) and Jasper Johns' Land'S End ($42,318). Andy Warhol's Torsos (265.4 percent), Malle A Bijoux Louis Vuitton by Arman, Ben and Cesar (258.5 percent) and Lawrence Weiner's Vogue La Galere (212.5 percent) had the highest difference between hammer prices and high estimates.
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