Canaletto Painting Sells for $5.28 Million at Christie's NY
January 28, 2005 NEW YORK.
Canaletto's The Bacino di San Marco.
Canaletto's painting The Bacino di San Marco sold for $5.28 million at Christie's New York. Nicholas Hall, International Director, and Anthony Crichton-Stuart, Head of Old Master Paintings Department, New York: “Today’s sale was a fantastic vote of confidence for Old Master paintings. Palpable excitement in the room across both sessions ensured constant interest and keen bidding for pictures in all categories and periods – and included six new world auction records in the top ten alone. European activity was exceptionally strong, although the top two lots, the Canaletto and the Filippino Lippi, were bought by U.S. private collectors. Competition was fierce between private buyers, the trade and institutions alike (notably, the Louvre secured Venus, Mercury and Cupid by Nicolas Chaperon). The re-design of the catalogue, the detail paid to the public view, and the addition of our new gallery at 67th Street also had their own part to play in ensuring the sale was an unqualified success.”