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Historic Gauguin painting fails to sell at London auction
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A Christie’s auction house staff member adjusts French artist Paul Gauguin’s (1848-1903) still life painting “Nature morte a ‘L’Esperance’,” 1901, at Christie’s in London on Feb. 4.


A historic painting by French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin failed to sell at a London auction on Feb. 9 despite being displayed for the first time in 15 years.

“Nature morte a ‘L’Esperance’” was expected to sell for around 10 million pounds (NT$467 million) when it appeared at Christie’s auction house, but failed to meet its reserve price.

The 1901 painting, which depicts sunflowers in tribute to friend Vincent van Gogh, was displayed at the 1906 Salon d’Automne exhibition that strongly influenced modern pioneers Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Christie’s auction, which raised 61.8 million pounds, came a day after rival London auction house Sotheby’s held its own Impressionist and Modern Art sale, which raised 68.8 million pounds.

The most expensive item of the auction on Feb. 9 was Pierre Bonnard’s “Terrasse a Vernon,” which sold for 7.2 million pounds. The “colorist” painting portrays the view from the French painter’s Norman house.

Also on Feb. 9, Christie’s held a sale of “Art of the Surreal,” which realized a further 30 million pounds.

The highlight of the auction was the four million pounds paid for Salvador Dali’s “Etude pour ‘Le miel est plus doux que le sang’,” one of the Spanish surrealist’s earliest articulations of his signature dream-like imagery.

This represented the most ever paid at auction for one of the eccentric artist’s pieces of work.











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