Yves Klein’s FC 1 (Fire-Color 1) from 1962 will hit the auction block at Christie’s for the May 8 contemporary evening sale. The work, which a press release boasts is “the most important Yves Klein ever to be offered at auction,” is estimated at $30 million to $40 million.
The piece was made a few weeks prior to the artist’s early death at age 34 in 1962. Klein used gas, fire and live models to create the shadowy images on the canvas. The painting will likely break the artist’s auction record. (The current record was set in 2008 at Sotheby’s for a gold leaf-on-panel work that sold for $23.6 million.)
Not to be outdone, Sotheby’s also has quite an impressive lot for sale at its contemporary auction in the $40-million range: Francis Bacon’s Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror.