Zero Hour: Almost 50 works from the Sammlung Lenz Schönberg Collection of ‘Zero-Art’ will be offered in Sotheby’s contemporary art auction in London on Feb. 10. Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Victor Vasarely are among the artists who will be represented in the sale, which is expected to garner more than £12 million ($20 million).
Girl Power: Renoir’s Mademoiselle Grimprel au ruban rouge, a portrait of a little blond girl, will headline Christie’s Impressionist and modern art evening sale in London on Feb. 2. The 1880 oil on canvas has a presale estimate of £1.8–2.5 million ($2.9–4.1 million).
More Lehman Art: Freeman’s will offer its second sale of material from the Lehman Brothers corporate collection on Feb. 12 in Philadelphia. Works by Michael Mazur, Robert Indiana, Mary Snowden, David Shapiro, Karel Appel and many others will be included.
Case Chase: On Nov. 30 Sotheby’s London set a record for Fabergé cigarette cases during a sale of items that belonged to the Russian Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. An Imperial jeweled four-color gold 25th-wedding-anniversary case fetched £612,250 ($1 million) on a presale estimate of £50,000–70,000.
Meissen Magic: A pair of early 18th-century turquoise-ground vases from the Japanese palace was the star lot at Bonhams’ Hoffmeister Collection of Meissen porcelain sale in London on
Nov. 25, selling for £102,000 ($164,600) on a presale estimate of £40,000–60,000.
Thomas Hoving, the bold, controversial former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died at age 78 on Dec. 10. Highlights of his reign, from 1967–77, include the acquisitions of Velázquez’ Juan de Pareja and the Euphronios krater and the launching of the concept of the blockbuster show.
Kenneth Noland died on Jan. 5 at age 85. The Color Field artist was known for powerful abstracts that featured stripes, chevrons, target-like circles and shaped canvases.
Fair Weather in Florida: The American International Fine Art Fair returns to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Feb. 3–8. More than 80 exhibitors will appear, including Mallett Antiques of New York and London, Adelson Galleries of New York, Peter Finer of London, Galerie Thomas of Munich and Richard Green of London.