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 Edgar Degas, Danseuses 
vertes, c. 1878.
£2,000,000

 Gino Severini, 
Simultaneite de 
groups centrifuges 
et centripetes 
(Donna alla 
finestra), 1914.
£1,7000,000
 
 Pierre-Auguste 
Renoir, Gabrielle 
reprisant, 1908.
£750,000

 
Pablo Picasso, 
Deux Femmes, 
c. 1906-7.
£200,000
 

 Alexej Jawlensky,
Heilandsgesicht: 
Neigender Kopf, 
1923.
£180,000
 

 Alberto Giacometti,
Buste de Diego, 
New York I, 1965.
£90,000


 Joan Miro, 
Personnage, oiseau, 
etoile dans un 
paysage, 1978.
£300,000

artnet auction
results
impressionists & moderns 
at christie's london
12/02/96

by Stewart Waltzer
LIVE FROM LONDON: Christie's parade was 
rained out on the evening of Dec. 2, 1996, 
in a lackluster performance at the 
Impressionist and modern sale that brought 
back shadows of the dark times.
There is no regulation in London that 
requires the auctioneer to announce passed 
lots at the time of sale, but the subtle 
quaver in auctioneer Christopher Burge's 
baritone was equally compelling and all too 
frequent. 
Very little seemed to go his way. The large 
Degas pastel Danseuses vertes that graced 
the catalogue's cover was hammered down at 
£2 million. It was below the projected 
estimate of £2.5 million - £3.5 million, but 
still the highest price of the evening.
A very pretty 1914 Severini brought £1.7 
million, probably a record for the painter, 
and the one note of joy in a bleak 
undertaking.
The total volume for the evening was £11.5 
million. Of the 59 lots entered, 22 were 
passed--at least as determined by the 
"quaver test." 
70 percent (41 lots) did not exceed the low 
estimate. 16 percent (10 lots) exceeded the 
low but not the high estimate. 14 percent 
(9 lots) exceeded the high. Plainly, prices 
will have to come down to match the 
expectations of the buyers.
Hammer prices are listed below, shown in 
pounds: 
 LOW MIDDLE HIGH
1. 450,000
2. 680,000 (passed)
3. 250,000 (passed)
4. 140,000 (passed)
5. 1,300,000 van Gogh
6. 95,000 (passed)
7. 1,900,000 (passed) Renoir
8. 129,000
9. 620,000 (passed)
10. 50,000
11. 20,000 (passed)
12. 80,000
13. 80,000
14. 65,000 (passed)
15. no lot
16. Courbet 98,000
17. 350,000
18. Degas 980,000
19. 170,000 (passed)
20. 200,000 (passed)
21. large Degas 2,100,000
22. 870,000
23. Manet 1,450,000
24. 180,000
25. Degas 800,000
26. 220,000
27. 260,000 (passed)
28. 450,000
29. no lot
30. 280,000
31. 235,000
32. 530,000
33. 140,000
34. 110, 000
35. 75,000 (passed)
36. 300,000
37. 140,000 (passed)
38. 75,000 (passed)
39. 110,000 
40. 340,000 (passed)
41. 170,000 (passed)
42. 140,000
43. 170,000 (passed)
44. 140,000
45. 380,000 (passed)
46. 510,000
47. 85,000 (passed)
48. 600,000 (passed)
49. 450,000 (passed)
50. 200,000
51. 75,000 (passed)
52. 220,000 (passed)
53. 95,000 (passed)
54. 140,000 (passed)
55. 600,000 (passed).