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Louise Bourgeois remains among bestsellers at Art Basel

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The artwork "Smoking ballerina" (2023) by US artist Karon Davis is on display at the international art show Art Basel on Tuesday Keystone / Georgios Kefalas

Galleries have already reported numerous sales in the millions on the first day of Art Basel. The artist Louise Bourgeois remained the bestseller. The declared top seller was a sunflower painting by Joan Mitchell, which sold for $20 million (CHF18 million).

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According to the Art Basel Sales Report, the painting was sold by the David Zwirner Gallery. The New York gallery also sold another painting by Mitchell (1925-1992) for $1.3 million.

Among other million-dollar sales, the German artist Gerhard Richter, whose Abstract Painting from 2016 sold for $6 million, was also highly prized at Zwirner. Three paintings by his German colleague Georg Baselitz went for between $1.2 million and $2 million at Thaddeus Ropac from Salzburg.

The Zurich gallery Hauser & Wirth also declared itself extremely successful on the first Art Day, reporting half a dozen million-dollar sales. These included a small marble sculpture by Louise Bourgeois (Woman with Packages), which sold for $3.5 million.

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This was quite a bit less than the spider sculptures of previous years, for which prices in the double-digit million range had been paid. However, $16 million was paid at the gallery for an untitled work on paper by Arshile Gorky (1904-1984).

A sculpture by Bourgeois also went over the gallery counter at Xavier Hukens from Brussels for $1.2 million.

The sales at Pace (New York etc.) were particularly special. There, an extensive art sofa landscape by Jean Dubuffet invited visitors to sit down. Three editions of his Banc-Salon from 1970 to 2024 were sold for €800,000 (CHF770,000) each.

Translated from German by DeepL/ts

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