Christie’s opens sale of the century with Rockefeller collection, offering Picasso to Monet
The sale of the century has opened this week; Christie’s is offering Peggy and David Rockefeller’s collection for auction in New York, hitting a collosal $646,133,594 / £476,148,559 / €541,380,911 on its opening day.
Liberally sprinkled with headline-grabbing Picassos (Fillette à la corbeille fleurie has been sold at $115,000,000) and Monets (Nymphéas en fleur has totalled $84,687,500), the collection is a vast haul of not just fine art but also furniture, ceramics, silverware and various examples of domestic finery, with all proceeds of the sale going to charity.
To spike the interest of younger collectors – perhaps priced out of the fine art sales but daring enough to match a Louis XV walnut bergère with an ‘LC2’ chair – Christie’s enlisted the help of American photographer Stephen Kent Johnson and our US editor Michael Reynolds. Kent Johnson charged up the ring flash while Reynolds applied his expert touch with finely turned legs and plumped upholstery to add a revelatory lustre to everything from a George III mahogany wine cooler to a 20-year-old monogrammed hooded spider phaeton buggy.
Continuing until 11 May, the auction promises even more record-breaking sales throughout the week.
As originally featured in the May 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*230)