Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Goya's 3 Rediscovered Drawings Presumed Lost for Over 130 Years Realize $7.9 Million at Christie's

LONDON - Three rediscovered drawings by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) were sold 8 July at Christie’s in London for a combined total of £4,010,150 / $7,908,016 / €5,032,739. Last recorded at a landmark auction of works by the artist in Paris in 1877, the drawings have been missing and presumed lost ever since, and represent the most important grouping of sketches by the artist to be sold at auction in over 30 years. The top lot was Bajar riñendo (Down they come) which sold for £2,281,250 / $4,498,625 / €2,862,969, a world record price at auction for a work on paper by the artist. The three drawings, which were sold individually, had been expected to realise only a total in excess of £2 million.

Source: Art Knowledge News

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