Old Master Paintings Auction at Christie's A Success
May 26, 2005 NEW YORK.
Gerrit Dou (Leiden 1613-1675), A sleeping dog beside a terracotta jug, a basket, a pair of clogs and a pile of kindling wood.
The Old Master Paintings auction at Christie’s was a great success. 130 lots were sold for $16,823,000.
Nicholas Hall, International Director, and Anthony Crichton-Stuart, Head of Old Master Paintings Department, New York stated: “We are absolutely delighted with the result of today’s sale and the continuing strength of the Old Master Paintings market at Christie’s. Competitive bidding from all over the world, both in the room and on the phones, fully repaid the efforts of the New York team’s research and presentation of a fine selection of works. Today’s result is also very encouraging for the important sales to be held at King Street on July 5 and 8, which includes pictures from the Champalimaud Collection.”
A new world auction record was established for Gerrit Dou for his work A sleeping dog beside a terracotta jug…, oil on panel when it sold for $4,720,000. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's Saint Augustine in Ecstasy, oil on canvas sold for $1,920,000.
Anonymous Pieter Casteels III (1684-1749), The Twelve Months of Flowers, 12 oil on canvas still lifes sold for $1,640,000. Pieter Breughel The Younger (1564-1637), The wedding feast, oil on panel sold for $598,400. Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770), The Death of Seneca, oil on canvas sold for $576,000. Cornelis Saftleven (1607-1681), A cat peeping through a fence, oil on panel sold for
$441,600, a new world auction record for the artist. William Adriaensz. Key (1515/16-1568), Saint Jerome, oil on panel sold for $385,600, a new world auction record for the artist. Pieter Breughel The Younger (1564-1637), Presents being given to the bride, oil on panel sold for $352,000.