Predicting the Big Winners of the New York Auctions of November 2019

November 6, 2019

An important moment for the top end of the art market, the New York auctions in November 2019 will provide an opportunity for owners of big-ticket works to maximize prices and for the auction houses to maximize revenues.

Bringing together Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art, these New York auctions will offer a spectacular opportunity for collectors to bid from iconic artworks by artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Wilfredo Lam, Ed Ruscha, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Kelly, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and KAWS, among others.

Let’s take a look at the artworks worth keeping an eye on during one of the art world’s most turbulent weeks in 2019.

Pablo Picasso - Femme dans un fauteuil (Françoise), 1949, Jacques Lipchitz - Homme à la guitare, circa 1960, on view in the upcoming 2019 Christie's auction
Left: Pablo Picasso - Femme dans un fauteuil (Françoise), 1949. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 32 in (100.3 x 81.3 cm) / Right: Jacques Lipchitz - Homme à la guitare, circa 1960. Stone, height: 23 1/8 in (58.7 cm)

Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sales

Christie’s will offer a remarkable selection of Impressionist and modern artworks in six auctions. Here are the two you should keep an eye on.

Starting a 20th Century Week at Christie’s New York on November 11th, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will bring together standout masterworks, highlighting the Collection of Terry Allen Kramer and The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. The auction will illuminate artistic shifts from Impressionism’s opening moments and its focus on the manipulation of light and experimentation to the colors, materials, textures and media indicative of Modern art. The New York sale will lead with masterpieces such as Pablo Picasso's Femme dans un fauteuil (Françoise), estimated between $12,000,000 and 18,000,000, and Buste d’homme, between $9,000,000 and 12,000,000, Fernand Léger's La femme et l’enfant ($8,000,000 - 12,000,000),  René Magritte's Le Sabbat, estimated between $8,000,000 and 12,000,000, and Le seize septembre, going between $7,000,000 and 10,000,000, Claude Monet's La maison de l'artiste à Giverny ($5,000,000 - 7,000,000), and Le train à Jeufosse, estimated between $3,000,000 and 5,000,000, as well as an estimation of $2,000,000 - 3,000,000 for Henri Matisse's Anémones au miroir noir.

Taking place on November 12th, Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale will present significant artworks from a range of artistic movements such as Surrealism, Cubism, German Expressionism and Modern sculpture. Sale highlights include exceptional works such as Jacques Lipchitz's Homme à la guitare ($700,000 - 1,000,000), Lyonel Feininger's Alt-Sallenthin (Dorfstrasse in Alt-Sallenthin I) ($600,000 - 800,000), Georges Braque's Tête de femme III ($500,000 - 700,000), and Pablo Picasso's Allumettes, pipe, verre ($500,000 - 700,000), and Scène mythologique, trois femmes à la fontaine ($400,000 - 600,000), among others.

Claude Monet - Charing Cross Bridge, 1903, on view in the upcoming 2019 Sotheby's auction
Claude Monet - Charing Cross Bridge, 1903. Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 by 39 1/2 in. (65 by 100.3 cm)

Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sales

Sotheby's will present six auctions, offering the finest in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art including the must-see collection of Marc Jacobs and much more.

Taking place on November 12th, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale features a stunning array of paintings, works on paper and sculpture by leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among auction highlights are Claude Monet's Charing Cross Bridge, estimated between $20,000,000 and $30,000,000, Gustave Caillebotte's Richard Gallo et son chien dick, au petit-gennevilliers ($18,000,000 - 25,000,000), Paul Signac's La corne d'or (Constantinople) ($14,000,000 - 18,000,000), and Pablo Picasso's Nus ($12,000,000 - 18,000,000), among others.

Taking place on November 13th, Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale features a breathtaking selection of paintings, works on paper and sculpture by leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Leading the sale are works such as Claude Monet's Etretat, coucher de soleil, which might go for somewhere between $1,200,000 and 1,800,000, Gustave Caillebotte's Falaise en Normandie ($800,000 - 1,200,000), Rufino Tamayo’s Juego de niños ($800,000 - 1,200,000), Remedios Varo's L'ecole buissonniere (Haciendo Novillos) ($800,000 - 1,200,000), and Wilfredo Lam's Femme avec un oiseau ($800,000 and 1,200,000).

Ed Ruscha - Hurting the Word Radio #2, 1964, on view at christie's new york 2019 auction
Ed Ruscha - Hurting the Word Radio #2, 1964. Oil on canvas, 59 x 55 ¼ in. (150 x 140.3 cm.)

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auctions

During their Post-war and Contemporary art auctions, Christie’s auction will offer works by some of the greatest icons in recent art history.

Taking place on November 13th, Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale will track the evolution of art from the momentous era following World War II to the cutting-edge works of today. The cool conceptualism of Ed Ruscha will be represented with his work Hurting the Word Radio #2, estimated between $30,000,000 and 40,000,000, Andy Warhol's vibrant Pop Art will be represented by Big Electric Chair ($18,000 - $25,000), and the iconic portrait of Muhammad Ali, estimated between $4,000,000 and 6,000,000, alongside works such as Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park #108, ($7,000,000 - 9,000,000), and Ellsworth Kelly's Red Curve VII ($5,000,000 - 7,000,000).

On November 14th, Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Session kicks off the final day of 20th Century Week with standout examples of Pop Art, Color Field Painting and other defining movements of the post-war era from The Collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei, The Collection of Richard L. Weisman, The Ron and Diane Disney Miller Collection and more. Among highlights are Frank Stella's Gray Scramble IX (Single), estimated between $2,000,000 and 3,000,000, Helen Frankenthaler's (Bach’s) Sacred Theater ($1,000,000 - 1,500,000), and Warhol's Flowers ($1,200,000 - $1,800,000).

On the same day, the Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Session will present important works from the late 20th century to the present day, including contemporary works from The Clarke Collection, masterpieces of minimalism and fresh artworks from cutting-edge talent. Highlights include Vija CelminsLong Ocean #5, estimated between $1,500,000 and 2,000,000, Richard Prince's American Place ($1,000,000 - 1,500,000), KAWS'Chum (KC07) ($700,000 - 1,000,000), and Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled ($500,000 - 700,000).

Willem de Kooning - Untitled XXII, 1977, on view at sotheby's new york 2019 auction
Willem de Kooning - Untitled XXII, 1977. Oil on canvas, 70 by 80 in. 177.8 by 203.2 cm.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auctions

Sotheby’s will also offer a fine selection of contemporary art by some of the most exciting and innovative artists of the late 20th and 21st centuries, spread across two auctions.

Taking place on November 14th, Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction will comprise a particularly robust offering of impeccable works by American artists, anchored by a strong grouping of Abstract Expressionist works. Highlights of the sale include Willem de Kooning's Untitled XXII, estimated between $25,000,000 and 35,000,000, Mark Rothko's Blue Over Red ($25,000,000 - 35,000,000), Clyfford Still's PH-399 ($12,000,000 - 18,000,000), Brice Marden's Number Two ($410,000,000 - 15,000,000), and David Hockney's Yves-Marie in the Rain ($8,000,000 - 12,000,000).

The following day, Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day Auction will offer a spectacular group of works from the post-war period to today, including pieces by the most influential artistic voices of the twentieth century. The highlights of the New York auction includes Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, estimated between $2,500,000 and 3,500,000, Morris LouisNumber 38 ($2,000,000 0 3,000,000), Gerhard Richter's Abstraktes bild ($2,000,000 - 3,000,000), Fernando Botero's Rape of Europa (Abduction of Europa) ($1,800,000 - 2,500,000), Wayne Thiebaud's Ripley Street Ridge ($1,500,000 - 2,000,000), and Robert Indiana's One Through Zero (The Ten Numbers), ($1,500,000 and 2,000,000), among others.

Featured image: Claude Monet - Charing Cross Bridge, 1903. Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 by 39 1/2 in. (65 by 100.3 cm).

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