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Giacometti's 'La Main' leads Christie's Impressionist & Modern Art sale

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:25

June 19 - A Giacometti bronze hand, which launched the artist's international career, features in an upcoming Christie's Impressionist and Modern Evening Art auction. Tara Cleary reports.

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Alberto Giacometti's "La Main" or "The Hand" - expected to fetch between 17 and 25 million U.S. dollars at the upcoming Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London. Christie's head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Jay Vincze, says "La Main" sparked America's love affair with the Swiss artist in the 1940s. SOUNDBITE Jay Vincze, international director and head of the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Christie's, saying (English): "This is a terrifically expressive and powerful work by Giacometti - very typical of Giacometti at this time, really paring back form. When you see the beautiful surface of the bronze you really feel that the way that Giacometti has worked the plaster." "La Main" is one of four works by Giacometti on offer. Also for sale are two works depicting Giacometti's wife, Annette valued at several million dollars each. Vincze says one of his favorite pieces is a Kurt Schwitters Merzbild piece from 1920. SOUNDBITE Jay Vincze, international director and head of the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Christie's, saying (English): "This was really the ground-breaking series of works that established Schwitters' reputation as one of the most original and one of the most ground-breaking artists of the twentieth century. And it's so exciting to see a work like this of this importance and this stature on the open market." And with artists like Mondrian and Matisse also in the mix, Christie's hopes to smash its 2013 record for a London sale.

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Giacometti's 'La Main' leads Christie's Impressionist & Modern Art sale

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:25