Sotheby’s: Klimt, Picasso, Basquiat etc

Hundreds of millions pounds worth of modern art goes under the hammer at the Bond Street auction house next month with Klimt’s dazzlingly colourful Baumgarten the star lot with a £35million sale estimate. There are also four Picasso pieces with eight-figure price tags, a Basquiat set to fetch something close to £20million and an early Dali with a similar estimate. My own favourites among this treasure trove, however, are a wonderful drawing of a face (Jacquy) by Matisse – and you might even get change from half a million – a sculpture called Summer Dance by Barbara Hepworth for around £2million, a late and mischievously titled Chagall and, best of all, a stunning alpine scene by Richter. If only I had a couple of mill to spare…


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