Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Iegor's auction not quite as exciting as last time


Last night I went to the Iegor Hotel des Encans for their auction. Unlike the last time, it was not as exciting.

M. Saint Hippolyte was extrmely gracious, and quite kind. I asked him if it would be possible to get a list of the items that had a reserve, or if there was a final list of prices published, and while he told me that everything he auctions has a reserve price, he also did not want to publish a price list.

But what I discovered that was most interesting, was that he will only say "adjugé" when something sells. Or more precisely, he will always bang his hammer, after always sayin 'going once, going twice,' and always call out a price afterwards. But not everything sells.

This was the star of the show. As they put it, 'Paysage au désert, Huile et tempera sur toile, Reproduit dans le film d'Alfred Hitchcock: "Spellbound" Peinture en gris, blanc et noir, Circa 1945' by Salvador Dali. How it ended up in Montreal, I have no idea. But it did, and it sold for $289,000 (including 15% buyers premium).

"Nœuds et colonnes" Huile sur toile, Signée et datée en bas à droite : Borduas 58, 81x100cm – 32x39.25” by Paul-Émile Borduas sold for $115,000.

Tubes de peinture rouge, Composition sur toile, 150x200 cm - 59x78.75” by Armand Fernandez Arman also went for $115,000.

But that was pretty much it for the fancy and expensive things. I was paying fairly close attention, and there were an awful lot of lots where the hammer came down and I did not hear the word adjugé.

Oops, I almost forgot, this one did sell.

Table bleue, Plexiglas et pigment bleu, no: 97A120, 100x125x7cm - 39.5x49.25x2.75" by Yves Klein $41,400.

Maybe they should have held the auction at Galerie Clark.

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