works, all but one of them paintings, brought a total of $46.6 million including fees. Deux nus
(1962), a crayon and pencil work, kicked off the sale with vigorous bidding, bringing the hammer price to $2.8 million, nearly three times the high estimate of $1 million, and $3.3 million with fees. Fillette au pendentif
(1901) sold for $7.5 million, or $8.7 million with fees, nearly scraping its low estimate of $8 million. L’Atelier
(1955) sold for $8.2 million, or $9.5 million with fees, against an estimate of $6 million to $9 million. Nature morte: Tête de taureau
(1939) sold for $6.4 million, within its estimate of $5 million to $7 million, or $7.5 million with fees. Portrait d’Inès
(1942) sold for $6.8 million, well above its high estimate of $4.5 million, and $7.9 million with fees. Le Peintre
(1967) sold for $3.8 million, or $4.5 million with fees, again above its high estimate of $3.5 million. L’Huilier
(1910–11) came down at $2.6 million, above a high estimate of $2.5 million. Compotier avec fruits
(1918) sold for $1.5 million, or $1.8 million with fees, just at its low estimate of $1.5 million.
New York auction week continues with post-war and contemporary evening sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips on Wednesday and Thursday.