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Henri Matisse
Bouquet de fleurs pour le quatorze juillet
1919
$28,642,500
(with premium)
Sotheby’s New York
May 5, 2010
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CAN DEACCESSIONING STRENGTHEN THE MARKET?
by Charlie Finch



There is a sense, after two days of ambiguous sales, that Sotheby’s and Christie’s have cunningly positioned this week’s Imp/Mod auctions as a kind of hors d’oeuvre for next week’s smash palace of contemporary-art records to come, centered around the very desirable Jasper Johns Flag from novelist Michael Crichton’s estate.

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