A memorial to the late French artist Claude Lalan, who sat on the grounds of a school for art lovers for decades, has won 1.24 million euros (1. 1.44 million) at auction, beating past estimates.
Sunday’s sale of “The Rape of Europa” was the latest to show the growing demand for the whimsical but complex works of the French artist who died in 2019, after decades of creativity with his artist partner and husband Francois Xavier. ۔
The two-meter-long work is cast in bronze, depicting the Greek legend of Zeus who turned into a bull to take Princess Europa to the island of Crete.
Lalan designed it for the garden at the European Center for Executive Development (CEDEP), a management school in Fontainebleau, south of Paris, not far from his studio in the village of Auri.
“This is a rare and great work by Cloud Lalan, another cast, owned by this family, currently on display at Trainon Park in Chetto de Versailles,” said the couple’s longtime gallant, Jean-Gabriel Maitrend. I wrote Catalog.
The Osant Auction House called it a “secret masterpiece” by the artist and predicted a final bid of 600,000 to 800,000 euros.
A spokesman said it was moving to Miami after being bought by an American collector.
The sale comes just weeks after Lillian set a new auction record, when Christie sold a delicate bronze and copper chandelier in Paris for 3.7 million euros entitled “Structure Vegetable”.
And dozens of her and her husband’s works will be sold by Sotbi in an auction starting this month.
But a pair of cast concrete sculptures of Francois Xavier, “Science” and “Law” did not sell for between 000 500,000 and ، 700,000 at Sunday’s auction, although Osinat said potential company buyers were contacted after the sale. Was
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