Yves Klein

Untitled Fire Painting (F 139)

Found at Christies, New York
A Century of Art: The Gerald Fineberg Collection Part II, Lot 826
18. May - 18. May 2023
Estimate: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Price realised: 119.700 USD
Yves Klein (1928-1962)
Untitled Fire Painting (F 139)
signed, dedicated and dated 'A Shinichi Segui avec toute l'amitié du Yves Klein Juillet 1961' (on the reverse)
charred cardboard laid on board
16 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. (41.5 x 18.4 cm.)
Executed in 1961.

Auction result misses estimated price range

When the work Untitled Fire Painting (F 139) by Yves Klein was auctioned at Christies in New York in May this year, the result was somewhat disappointing. The auction house had previously given the estimated price as a range of USD 150,000.00 – 200,000.00, of which not even the lower limit was reached - in fact, the artwork changed hands for USD 119,700.00 (€ 112,352.17). Of course, this price has nothing to do with the top prices that other works by Yves Klein achieve. The highest price we have observed so far was reached by the work Anthropométrie de l’époque bleue, (ANT 124) (Anthropometry of the Blue Period), (ANT 124)) in June last year with an auction result of GBP 27,197,000.00 (€ 31,595,177.57).

Auktionsergebnis verfehlt die Schätzpreisspanne

Als die Arbeit Untitled Fire Painting (F 139) von Yves Klein im Mai diesen Jahres bei Christies in New York versteigert wurde, fiel das Ergebnis ein wenig enttäuschend aus. Das Auktionshaus hatte den Schätzpreis zuvor mit einer Spanne von USD 150.000,00 – 200.000,00 angegeben, von der nicht einmal die Untergrenze erreicht wurde - tatsächlich wechselte das Kunstwerk für USD 119.700,00 (€ 112.352,17) den Besitzer. Dieser Preis hat freilich nichts mit den Spitzenpreisen zu tun, die andere Arbeiten von Yves Klein erzielen. Den höchsten von uns bisher beobachteten Preis erreichte die Arbeit Anthropométrie de l’époque bleue, (ANT 124) (Anthropometry of the Blue Period), (ANT 124)) im Juni letzten Jahres mit einem Auktionsergebnis von GBP 27.197.000,00 (€ 31.595.177,57).

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