Part of the personal collection of Christo and his wife Jean-Claude was sold at auction to “Christie’s” in Paris for 8 million euros – a sign that a year after his death he is more valuable than ever, AFP reported, quoted by BTA.
Christo and Jean-Claude (Photo: AP / BTA)
The amount is twice the preliminary estimate.
All 28 lots offered at the auction were sold. Three quarters of them exceeded the preliminary estimate. The buyers were from the USA, Asia and Europe.
The most interesting were the drawings for “Umbrellas” – a project for Japan and the United States since 1991. Thousands of umbrellas from installations in both countries were opened simultaneously in Japan and Los Angeles on an area of over 20 km.
Christo (Photo: AP / BTA)
The world record for the auction sale of the artist, who died in May, was improved with the preparatory sketches for the yellow California umbrellas – 1.7 million euros, while the drawings of the blue Japanese umbrellas brought 1.2 million euros.
Preliminary estimates for the two works ranged from 200,000 to 300,000 euros. The previous record for selling Christo’s work at auction was 481,500 euros.
Another part of Christo’s collection will be sold out today.
Hristo Vladimirov Yavashev died in New York at the age of 84 on May 31, 2020. His wife, the Frenchwoman Jean-Claude, who died in 2009, worked with him for 50 years.
In 2020, the Pompidou Center in Paris dedicated a large exhibition of preparatory drawings for the packaging of the Pont-Neuf bridge.