AUCTION NEWS

‘LE SECRET D’AMOUR’ SETS A WORLD RECORD

‘Le secret d’amour’, a grand scale, turn-of-the-century work by French Academic painter Guillaume Seignac, who forged a successful career painting beautiful women and ravishing nymphs set a world record for the artist when it sold for USD 250,000 at the Heritage Auction in Dallas. First exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1903, this life-size painting features an enchanting woman who fixes the viewer in a hypnotic gaze while a cherubic Cupid levitates beside her, whispering into her ear.

PATEK PHILIPPE MASTERPIECES HEAD SALE

Rare Patek Philippe wristwatches stole the show at Bonham’s Fine Watch sale in London, with the top five lots of the auction coming from the luxury Swiss auction house. The top lot of the sale was a classic Patek Philippe, uniting the finest diamonds with Swiss watchmaking prowess. Won by a telephone bidder, the platinum manual wind perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, complete with moon phase, sold for GBP 134,500.

1860 LIFE-SIZE BRONZE FIGURE OF A NYMPH

An elegant life-size bronze of a Nymph, Circa 1860, by Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier achieved Euro 147,000. The French sculptor of ethnographic subject’s work was the highlight of the first dedicated sculpture sale of Sotheby’s in Paris. The graceful sculpture of the Nymph is closely related to a former and almost identical composition of the ‘Vierge des Eaux’, a marble group exhibited by Cordier at the 1853 Salon.

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