The Prints and Illustrated Books Department is one of Artcurial’s founding fields of expertise; it perpetuates the legacy bestowed by Artcurial’s Art Edition Gallery, acquired in 2002 by Artcurial’s CEO. A specialty in full expansion, Artcurial is one of the key players in Europe within a prosperous market. Under the aegis of specialist Arnaud Oliveux, it accompanies French and international collectors for the auction and purchase of pieces of the highest quality. They benefit from the ideal location of the Hotel Particulier on the Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, in the heart of Paris, a flagship on the market and a venue imbued with the legacy of the foremost edition workshops such as Mourlot, Crommelynck and Lacourière.
Exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary art, it celebrates the most representative masters of the 20th century– Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Miro, for whom Artcurial garners outstanding results, such as “La Femme au Fauteuil n°1” or “Le manteau polonais” by Pablo Picasso sold for €75,000.
It also upholds the contemporary sector, giving a place of choice to major artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly, Francis Bacon, Pierre Soulages or Jasper Johns. Andy Warhol is also an artist in high demand, as illustrated by the extraordinary results obtained for the sale of “9 $” by Andy Warhol for €120,000 or “Mick Jagger” for €58,500. Artcurial is also responsible for the success of the Jean-Michel Basquiat serigraph series “Back of the neck”, which obtained €335,000 including fees.
Evert year, the department holds an average of 5 auctions. It also manages thematic sales such as “Limited Edition” and “More”, which comprised a selection of editions in all forms.
With these strong assets, Prints and Illustrated Books Department is solidly anchored in Parisian and international social and cultural life, creating thematic sales in tune with contemporary exhibitions.
Artcurial conducted its first auction week after the reopening. The Prints, multiples & illustrated books sale which kept its promises totaled €625,534 (incl. buyer's premiums), exceeding its overall estimate. Over 80% of the lots were sold and more than 200 bidders registered on the Live bid system to participate.
Top Lot: Pierre Soulages, Eau-Forte XIII, 1957, Sold €32,500
In 2019, Artcurial, leading French auction house, has confirmed its position of major international player in the art market and totaled €203.1 m, +4% compared to 2018.
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