The second edition of TEFAF New York Fall opened October 27th to a preview day packed with important leaders from a wide range of industries in attendance. Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and Anderson Cooper were spotted, as were major collectors likeAnne Hendricks Bass and Estrellita Brodsky. And there were also dozens of executives on hand representing the academic sector, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
According to both organisers and dealers attendance throughout the week was fantastic, with an “unprecedented” number of buyers on hand representing American museums. The sentiment is that the high energy level and robust sales demonstrate the continued hunger U.S. audiences have for a superior Old Masters fair. Best of all, audiences came ready to buy.
Some highlights: New York-based Adam Williams Fine Art sold a painting by Venetian School master Francesco Lazzaro Guardi for USD$2.9 million. London-based Charles Ede Gallery reported multiple six-digit sales of Greek and Egyptian bronze and limestone works. Paris-based Galerie Delalande placed a stunning equinoctial ring dial made by Heath & Wing, London (1760) with a major European museum collection. And Milan-Based Galleria Orsi sold a late-18th Century, plaster, Neoclassical statue by Antonio Canova – allegedly the only item by this artist on the market today – for USD$4 million.
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