Christie’s $479.3m Impressionist and Modern sale hits highest total
Fernand Léger’s Contraste de formes (1913), a work that has been in the family of collector Hans Arnhold since the 1950s and has never before been auctioned.
The work is consigned by the Anna Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation—Anna-Maria Arnhold Kellen was Hans Arnhold’s daughter—and the proceeds will go toward the nonprofit’s philanthropic work.
Christie’s pulled off its second-highest total for an Impressionist and Modern evening sale last night, 13 November, in New York. The $479.3m total (with fees) was double that of last year's sale, and just past the high end of the $360m to $476m estimate.