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Four auctions to watch in February 2018

While the auction world is still yet to get into the full swing of 2018, there are still many prizes up for grabs this quiet winter season. Of note this month are two unique Bugattis, representing the spectrum of the Italian’s marque’s skill – history and cutting-edge contemporary technology – coincidentally both rendered in blue. Art also gets a buzz with a collection of Old Master paintings and a stunning portrait by Pablo Picasso.



1. 1 February, Sotheby's, New York

Master Paintings Evening Sale

Dreamy shades of light blue skies and wispy clouds casting shadows on the architecture of 18th century Venice have never been captured as elegantly than in Canaletto’s work. This pair of paintings – Venice, the Churches of the Redentore and San Giacomo and Venice, the Prisons and the Bridge of Sighs – are prime examples of why the Italian painter remains the king of Venetian vedute (large-scale view), capturing the views of the city in the late 1720s and early 1730s. This pair of paintings are expected to fetch at least US$3-4 million (RM11.9 – 15.8 million), headlining a sale that includes pieces by Giordanos, Murillos and Van Dyke.

Master Paintings Evening Sale

2. 7 February, Sotheby's, Paris

RM Sotheby Paris season opener

The first of two unique blue automobiles on sale this month, Sotheby’s has reached back into the not-so-distant past for a darker hue. This Chiron was one of the first 20 units of Bugatti’s latest hypercar to be delivered; in April 2017 to be exact. Named after the Monegasque racing driver Louis Chiron and regarded as one the of most technologically advanced road-going cars ever constructed, this particular model has less than a thousand km on its odometer, with an expected price of €3.2-3.6 million (RM15.5-17.4 million). It joins a lineup of stellar modern and restored cars at RM Sotheby’s 2018 European season opening sale held in conjunction with the Rétromobile show week, held at Paris’ historic Place Vauban.

RM Sotheby’s Paris season opener

3. 8 February, Bonhams, Paris

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

Considered the most famous of all race-type Bugattis, this is the second of two amazing blue-hued vehicles on auction this month, as the motoring world converges upon Paris. This Bugatti Type 57 3.3 litre Torpédo Tourist Trophy 1935, with its bold turquoise body, lived in the Southern Hemisphere for 79 long and active years. Over the course of its life, it entered (and won) many races, putting its straight-8-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft 3.3-litre engine to good use. Professionally restored and upgraded, it is expected to fetch a price of €780,000-1,300,000 (RM3.8-6.3 million). Other lots at the sale, happening at the Grand Palais in Paris, include a Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe 1966 and a Rolls Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost.

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

4. 28 February, Sotheby's, London

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

A tour de force of 19th and 20th century art, Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale features a historical prize. Picasso’s ‘La Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée’ is a stunning portrait of his muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, capturing a prolific period of the artist’s life as he was torn between Marie-Thérèse and new muse Dora Maar. No official estimate has been made, but a sale price well into the nine figure realm expected. Joining this landmark painting are Alberto Giacometti’s Lustre avec femme, homme et oiseau and Marc Chagall’s Le Village Bleu.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

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Published January 31, 2018