Archives de Tag: Sotheby

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

5) Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmarte

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmarte

Painted in 1876, it was sold by owner Betsey Whitney through Sotheby’s, New York, in 1990. The high bid came from a Japanese businessman named Ryoei Saito, who paid $78.1 million back then. This translates to $122.8 million today. It is important to point out that two versions of this painting exist. The first one is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, while the second, smaller one, is the one that Saito purchased. In addition to this masterpiece, Saito also purchased a famous Van Gough work as well (see number 4 below).

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Pablo Picasso

 Pablo Picasso – Dora Maar au Chat Pablo Picasso - Dora Maar au Chat

Painted in 1941 to capture the likelihood of his mistress, Dora Maar, who was seated on a chair with a cat perched on her shoulder. This particular portrait of her, which was one of many, was one of Picasso’s last paintings. This piece, which was owned by the Gidwitz family of Chicago, was sold by auction in 2006 through Sotheby’s, New York, for $95.2 million. This was double the pre-sale estimates. When adjusted for inflation, this equals $97 million. This ist in the my home in India, joke, joke…

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