Top 10 of 2019 (January to June)

As every year, The Art Market prepares the Top 10 auction sales of the year. This time, as we did in 2018, we want to give an advance: this is the ranking currently:


1. Portrait of a lady with a little more than half a body with Cupid, by the circle of Gandolfi or Giulio Cesare Procaccini.


Sold in Abalarte in the month of February, it came out under the cataloging of “Circle of Gandolfi” for € 5,000. It was awarded after a dizzying rise by € 950,000, and later it was announced the more than possible attribution to Giulio Cesare Procaccini.


PROCACCINI, GIULIO CESARE. Retrato de dama de un poco más de medio cuerpo con Cupido. Óleo sobre lienzo. 135 x 78 cm. Precio de salida: 5.000€. Precio de venta: 1.000.000€


2. 287 Carbeca, by Fernando Zóbel.


Sold in Ansorena in the month of March, this work reached a higher price in the auction, but its initial buyer backed out and was awarded, after sales, to a bidder who acquired it for € 260,000.


ZÓBEL, FERNANDO. 287 Carbeca. Óleo sobre lienzo. 80 x 65 cm. Precio de remate: 260.000€ (Ansorena)


3. Ma sobre negre, by Antoni Tàpies.


It comed out Segre in May, and it was a safe sale. It had all the components needed by a Tàpies work to obtain a good price, and we can see how it was it. It was awarded for € 230,000.


TÀPIES, ANTONI. Mà sobre negre. Pintura sobre madera. 114 x 146 cm. Precio de salida: 210.000€


4. San Pedro meditando, by José de Ribera.


Sold in Isbilya, in the month of February, for the starting price: € 150,000. A surprise for many, that we considered an excessive price for a work of difficult audience.


RIBERA, JOSÉ DE. San Pedro meditando. Óleo sobre lienzo. 127 x 102 cm. Precio de salida y venta: 150.000€ (Isbilya)


5. Máscaras de las escobas, by José Gutiérrez Solana.


Sold in Ansorena, in February (it was a great month for Spanish auctions, undeniably), for € 110,000.


GUTIÉRREZ SOLANA, JOSÉ. Máscaras de las escobas. Óleo sobre lienzo. 63,5 x 90,5 cm. Precio de salida: 90.000€. Precio de venta: 110.000€ (Ansorena)


6. Characters and still life, by Rafael Zabaleta.


Sold in Retiro in February, for the starting price: € 100,000. Again, a surprise, considering an excessive price for the piece in our country. Sometimes, buyers appear.


ZABALETA, RAFAEL. Personajes y bodegón. Óleo sobre lienzo. 81 x 100 cm. Precio de salida y venta: 100.000€ (Retiro)


7. Palette, by Joaquín Sorolla and more.


Segre, in the month of April. It was sold for € 95,000, from a € 50,000 sale. Perhaps the most discordant piece of the top, not being exactly a work of a single artist.


Paleta pintada por varios artistas. “Niña en una barca” by Sorolla; “Mujer aupando a un niño desnudo” by Bartolomé Manuel Muñoz; “Cabeza de niña con lazos en el pelo” by Constantino Gómez; “Busto de mujer con matillla blanca” by Joaquín Agrassot; “Tipo valenciano por Teodoro Andreu y pensamientos” by Manuel Sigüenza. Óleo sobre madera. 47,2 x 67,8 cm. Precio de salida: 50.000€


8. Portrait of silversmith Antonio Martínez, by Francisco Bayeu.


Again we see the presence of Ansorena (and remember that it is already the third work that falls in the top 10). Sold in May for € 90,000, it was also an announced sale. It was bought, in addition, by the State.


BAYEU, FRANCISCO. Retrato del platero Antonio Martínez. Óleo sobre lienzo. 88 x 69 cm. Precio de remate: 90.000€ (Ansorena)


9. Birth of Christ, by Alonso Berruguete.


An after sales, the second of the top. This time in Segre, in the April auction. The board of Berruguete had been deserted at auction, but the next day had found a buyer for € 80,000.


BERRUGUETE, ALONSO. Nacimiento de Cristo. Óleo sobre tabla. 84 x 51 cm. Precio de remate: 80.000€ (Segre, postventa)


10. Baldassare Franceschini (Il Volterrano).


The most recent, a work that exceeded its estimate of € 60,000 and was awarded € 80,000, sold in June at La Suite.


FRANCESCHINI, BALDASSARE (IL VOLTERRANO). Óleo sobre tela. 92 x 73 cm. Precio de remate: 80.000€ (La Suite)

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