Here I was Monday evening sitting at our bureau plat upstairs, online checking out the upcoming sale on the Macbook Pro after dinner . . . the pre-sale pics with links to Christie’s Flickr site were awesome. Next I started to work through the lots in Sale 1209. Number#4 was an impressionist pastel by Edgar Degas of a woman crouching over her bidet (obviously a prostitute douching herself after her client’s attractions . . . I thought ‘what a most erotic subject matter – certainly not surprised though – when great budgets mix with scholarship and great taste what else would you expect. (I’d have bought it myself, so there). Below is the snapshot of the catalogue entry – look at the estimate . . . it’s a only a pastel over monotype:
Tuesday evening I couldn’t wait to go upstairs and check out the results of the first day’s sale – that’s right it sold for US$697,154.00.
I raced through looking at the others I’d marked down to buy (my wish list that is)! Lot 27, the Balla early Eucalyptus abstraction from 1912 – realised US$2,199,880.00 . . . Lot 37 was another absolute favourite, Marcel Duchamp’s Beautiful Breath: Veil Water that he made with Man Ray in 1921. Everyone who knows modern art knows it, the shot of Duchamp dressed in drag. The bottle of beautiful breath – well I lost my breath, this artwork realised US$11,236,407.00. And this was only the start of my second night’s work, I went to bed after I finished perusing the boy’s crystal collection – WOW! Then this mornings national newspaper The Australian published the news - Femme à sa toilette was purchased by the National Gallery of Australia’s representative. The published price paid for the “saucy but delicate nude was A$1,100.000.00″ it was revealed. Gee, Ron Radford I would have been happy to go to Paris to buy it for you!
UPDATE: After failing a week ago to purchase the x5 catalogues on-line, I called London 7:00pm Brisbane time to catch them at 9:00am London time – ” We are so sorry Mr Enright, the demand has been so fierce – the few remaining are for local collection only”. Two people in Tasmania have copies, Leo of course is on the Australian board of Christies . . . I’m desperate to scan the only x3 clocks in the offering for my NAWCC Chapter 104 newsletter I’m about to edit and design.