Once again this year, Artcurial has step up to the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, in the heart of Monaco. During these few days, the Principality lived to the rhythm of the prestigious sales of the Monaco Auction Week, a highlight of the Monegasque life.
In parallel with the other traditionally sales held in Monaco, the exceptional Monaco Sculptures auction, which brought together a selection of outdoor sculptures, was a real success, paying tribute to major 20th and 21st centuries contemporary artists such as Bernard Venet, César, Philippe Hiquily, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Robert Combas, Baltasar Lobo, Pablo Reinoso and Arman.
On this occasion, Artcurial presented a unique experience in Europe by offering a cultural tour in Monaco. A real open-air museum through the Principality's gardens, the Hôtel de Paris, the Hotel Hermitage or the Monte-Carlo Beach Club, has been created to put the spotlight on the exceptional sculptures in the sale.
The Monaco Sculptures auction brought the Monegasque sales sessions to an incredible finish. In the middle of a bidding battle for her piece Nana Fontaine, Niki de Saint-Phalle's sculpture was sold for €418,000. Philippe Hiquily aroused passions with a transatlantic bidding battle for his artwork La Sevillane, which fetched €273,000, and L'Epicurienne, sold at €260,000. Baltasar Lobo's poetic sculpture, Moment of Happiness, sold for €227,500.