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What's an ideal world ? A world where the future looks as promising asthe past has been opulent, and the present delightful… Well, take theart market. These past months have been particularly rich in million-plus bids, with results to make the most astute investors green withenvy, in spite of the recession. Examples include the sale of the Châteaude Gourdon collections at the Palais de Tokyo. These Art Deco and UAMmasterpieces had been freshly acquired by Laurent Negro for hischâteau in the South of France, and not for trifling sums either! Theoverall result may not have attained the wildest dreams of the auctionhouse, but it was still a resounding success. As for the dispersion ofCommandant Jean-Paul Weiller's collections, a real high point of theDrouot sales, this literally pulverised the high estimates, with resultsswelled by the explosion of Asian art and the fervour of booklovers. Wecan also cite the fine result for the Provençal collection of the Chiréecouple. The past has been flourishing unquestionably. And the monthsto come look set to be just as glorious with the sale of key works, like a seascape by Feininger painted in 1915, not to mention the season ofhighlights at Drouot-Montaigne, from 17 to 22 May, culminating in a Rodin marble and paintings by Tapiès, Manzoni and Soulages… We know there is no such thing as an ideal world – but even so !

Art Market Magazine Gazette International

May 2011 Edition

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