Hits the Marc at Bonhams

Pferd, an important painting by the German Expressionist painter Franz Marc, sold for £1,095,063 at Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art sale in London today (10 October). Unseen in public for 70 years and never before offered at auction, it had an estimate of £350,000-550,000.

The sale made a total of £6,955,750 with 85% by lot, 94% by value. The total included £1,385,000 for ten works from the collection of Sir Warwick and Lady Fairfax, among the highlights of which were:

L'un des Bourgeois de Calais: Ètude de nu monumentale pour Pierre de Wissant by Auguste Rodin sold for £675,063. It had been estimated at £400,000-600,000. The sculpture relates to one of the artist's most career defining subjects: The Burghers of Calais.

Cheval au bord de la mare by Edgar Degas which sold for £225,063. Executed circa 1892 it had an estimate of £100,000-150,000.

Other sale highlights included:

Nu aux Mains Croisées by Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita sold for £1,695,063 having been estimated at £800,000-1,200,000. Painted in 1924 – a key time in Foujita's artistic development, the work presents afresh the Western canon of nudes through the artist's own interpretation of Japanese calligraphic technique.

Satan et un adorateur by Auguste Rodin which sold for £168,813. The drawing, once in the collection of Sir William Rothenstein, caught the imagination of bidders to exceed its pre-sale estimate of £8,000-12,000.

Dance de Joie by the Polish painter, Bolesław Biegas that sold for £112,562, a new world record at auction for the artist. It had been estimated at £50,000-70,000.


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