Louise Bourgeois

Nature Study

Found at Christies, London
20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale, Lot 30
28. Jun - 28. Jun 2023
Estimate: 800.000 - 1.200.000 GBP
Price realised: 567.000 GBP
LOUISE BOURGEOIS (1911-2010)
Nature Study
incised with the artist’s initials, number and date ‘LB 2007 II/II’ (on the base)
gold porcelain
28 1/2 x 13 x 16 1/4in. (72.4 x 33 x 41.3cm.)
Conceived in 1984-1996 and cast in 2007, this work is the second artist’s proof from an edition of two plus two artist’s proofs

Auction result misses estimated price range

When the work Nature Study by Louise Bourgeois was auctioned at Christies in London in June this year, the result was somewhat disappointing. The auction house had previously given the estimated price as a range of GBP 800,000.00 – 1,200,000.00, of which not even the lower limit was reached - in fact, the artwork changed hands for GBP 567,000.00 (€ 659,890.38). Of course, this price has nothing to do with the top prices that other works by Louise Bourgeois achieve. The highest price we have observed so far was reached by the work Spider in May 2019 with an auction result of USD 32,055,000.00 (€ 28,751,457.53).

Auktionsergebnis verfehlt die Schätzpreisspanne

Als die Arbeit Nature Study von Louise Bourgeois im Juni diesen Jahres bei Christies in London versteigert wurde, fiel das Ergebnis ein wenig enttäuschend aus. Das Auktionshaus hatte den Schätzpreis zuvor mit einer Spanne von GBP 800.000,00 – 1.200.000,00 angegeben, von der nicht einmal die Untergrenze erreicht wurde - tatsächlich wechselte das Kunstwerk für GBP 567.000,00 (€ 659.890,38) den Besitzer. Dieser Preis hat freilich nichts mit den Spitzenpreisen zu tun, die andere Arbeiten von Louise Bourgeois erzielen. Den höchsten von uns bisher beobachteten Preis erreichte die Arbeit Spider im Mai 2019 mit einem Auktionsergebnis von USD 32.055.000,00 (€ 28.751.457,53).

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