Readying ourselves for this week’s Impressionist and modern art evening sales, we thought back to past November sales in New York, the triumphs that were achieved and the records that were christened. The accompanying slide show revisits the record lots from the past 10 years of New York’s November Imp/mod sales, going back to 2001, when Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg still participated in the sales in this category.
This week, one more work will join the ranks of these top lots. Sotheby’s has sold the category’s most expensive work four years in a row, but the competition this year looks fierce, perhaps evenly matched. Will the winner be the Degas ballet dancer that Christie’s has estimated at $25-35 million, the Klimt landscape that Sotheby’s has tagged with an unlisted estimate believed to be more than $25 million, or will a dark horse emerge victorious after a surprise bidding war?