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Henry Moore Achieves Top Lot At Bonhams Sale

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New York – Two Piece Sculpture No. 7: Pipe, a masterwork by British sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) sold for $602,075 at Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art sale on July 7 in New York.

Two Piece Sculpture No. 7: Pipe was cast in bronze in a numbered edition of nine plus one artist’s proof. Other bronze casts of this work are in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London and The Whitworth Gallery at the University of Manchester. The original plaster from which the bronzes were cast is in the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

Bonhams Director of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York, Molly Ott Ambler, commented: “In this unprecedented season, we saw a solid appetite for a vast array of works from artists like Pierre Puvis De Chavannes and Karl Hofer to modern ones like Henry Moore and Fernand Léger. We were also pleased to see collectors instantly drawn to the Henry Moore sculpture, which appeared on the auction market for the first time.”

Additional highlights included:

  • Fernand Léger (1881-1955), Femmes aux perroquets, partially glazed ceramic relief, executed in 1953; unique. Sold for $350,075.
  • Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Nu couché, charcoal on paper, executed in May 1944. Sold for $250,075.
  • Pierre Puvis De Chavannes (1824-1898), Nu dans un paysage, oil on canvas. Sold for $ 106,325.

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