Artcurial celebrates its 20th  anniversary
with a record half-year

The year 2022 highlights the 20th anniversary of Artcurial’s creation. In addition to the renovation of the exhibition spaces, the creation of a new permanent sales room and the reopening of the Bookshop, Artcurial is proud to celebrate this anniversary with a record result for its first half of 2022.


2022: Best half-year since Artcurial’ creation
The first half of 2022 has ended after 64 sales marked by very important results and totalling €155M. Artcurial thus achieved its best half-year in 20 years (up 40% over the first half of 2021).


Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779)
Le panier de fraises des bois
Sold for €24,381,400


Some key figures:

• 15 auction records, including the one for Le panier de fraises des bois by Jean-Siméon Chardin sold for €24,381,400.

• 13 lots sold over €1M, including the 1968 Porsche 907 Usine, sold for €4,390,400.

• 36 lots preempted or acquired by museum institutions, including the Portrait of Catherine Duchemin, 17th century French school, acquired for €301,760 by the Etablissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles.

• 59 private collections were dispersed, including the estate of Dora Maar with 750 unpublished photographs


1968 Porsche 907 Usine
Sold for €4,390,400


10 remarkable auctions marked this half-year 2022
In March, the Old Master & 19th Century Art department marked the half-year with the sale of Jean-Siméon Chardin’s masterpiece, Le panier de fraises des bois, which fetched €24,381,400, becoming the world record for a work by the artist and the world record for an Old French painting sold at auction. Later, Modern & Contemporary Art stood out with the sale of Pierre Soulages’ exceptional 1959 painting Peinture 92 × 73 cm from the Schwartz-Sterngold Collection, which was sold for €2,718,100, and Bernard Buffet’s 1961 painting Clown au chapeau haut de forme fond rouge, which was sold for €724,222.


TheFurniture & Works of Art department was highlighted with the sale of a Louis XV Bureau “Dos d’Âne”, stamped by Bernard Van Risen-Burgh, called BVRB II, which fetched €721,600. Similarly, the Art Deco / Design department confirmed its recent successes with the sale of a Jean Royère set for €1,679,360, including a magnificent “Boule” model sofa called “Ours Polaire” created in 1947, a “Flaque” coffee table and an “Éléphanteau” armchair, a high version from 1939. The half-year was also marked by a world record with the sale of the 1968 Porsche 907 Usine sold for €4,390,400. The luxury sector also produced some very good results with the sale of a diamond ring signed by Marchak for €240,500, a Patek Philippe watch, Nautilus model, for €208,000 and the sale of a bottle of Romanée-Conti from the former cellar of Parisian restaurant Le Laurent for €31,620.


Finally, the world premiere constituted by the auction of 10 buildings and emblematic places of Cannes in the form of NFT also stood out. Under the hammer of Maître Arnaud Oliveux, the event sale totalled nearly €320,000, with 100% of the lots sold.


The Artcurial team thank you for your support and your confidence and will be happy to see you again in September for a new half-year of sales which already looks promising.