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Surrealism at Sotheby's

Here are our recommendations for Sotheby's February 3 evening auction.

By Chadwick Ciocci

Christie’s and Sotheby’s have multiple auctions coming up in February covering Impressionism, Modern art and Surrealism. There are also online auctions in Picasso ceramics and Sotheby’s is offering a truly special auction on February 5th: Picasso in Private - works from the collection of Marina Picasso (Picasso’s granddaughter).

Their Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist evening sales in London on February 3, though, has several fantastic options for collectors. Below are our favorites.

Antibes, Petit Port de bacon

Paul Signac

Lot no. 17 is a wonderful example of a classic pointillist work by Signac. Using vibrant hues of pink, blue, yellow and green Signac represents a common theme in his work – the natural beauty and refinement of the Cote d’Azur. Not only is it a beautiful piece in its own right but at an estimate of $2,640,000 – 3,660,000 - should it sell on the low end – it would make a valuable addition and investment to any collection.

Le Palais Ducal vu de Sant-Georges Majeur

Claude Monet

Lot no. 23 is simply stunning and a fantastic example of Monet’s hand. It was painted in 1908 when Monet painted other examples of the Ducal Palace and Venice. This piece will likely enjoy stiff competition, trading near or above its high estimate of $26,310,000. Despite changing tastes works by titans such as Monet remain not only staples of sophisticated collections but wise investments.

Buste d’home

Pablo Picasso

Lot no. 33 is a fun and fantastic piece by Pablo Picasso depicting a mustached man in wonderful color. The first rule of collecting art is answer the follow in the affirmative: “Do you like it?” This is a piece one will enjoy for years and interesting within Picasso’s oeuvre having been painted on corrugated cardboard rather than traditional canvas. At an estimate of $1,320,000 – 1,760,000 this is an excellent introduction to collecting Picasso.

Venus de Milo aux tiroirs

Salvador Dali

Dali is best known for his surrealist paintings but he also dabbled in pottery and sculpture. In this piece (which is numbered 3/5) appropriates classic Greco-Roman imagery of Venus with  fur more akin of a 1970’s playgirl. It is not only fun but unique and would make for a great conversation piece in any home. With an estimate of $585,000 – 880,000 do try to acquire this on the low end. 

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