Record-Breaking Brancusi in Christie’s Sale of Elizabeth Stafford Collection

Record-Breaking Brancusi in Christie’s Sale of Elizabeth Stafford Collection

To be held on November, 1, 2018, Christie’s has organized a single-owner sale titled “A Love Affair With France: The Elizabeth Stafford Collection.”

The exquisite Brancusi bronze sculpture, “La jeune fille sophistiquee (Portrait de Nancy Cunard)” was sold at Christie’s for a record $71 million in May 2017. This Constantin Brancusi piece of art was purchased from the artist by Fred and Elizabeth Stafford for $5,000. This year, the figure would surpass the previous Brancusi auction record of $57 million.

Apart from the Brancusi bronze sculpture, 300 items such as a collection of Old Masters, furniture, porcelain, and European art will be auctioned. Along with the evening sale on the same day, the auction house’s Impressionist and Modern art sales are expected to contribute highly.

Some of the key works on view are Claude Monet’s “Effet de neige a Giverny” which is estimated at $6 million to $8 million. Along with this, there is also a landscape by Camille Pissarro “Neige, soleil couchant, Eragny”, estimated to be around 2-3 million US dollars.  

Overall the Stafford collection is expected to cross the $14 million mark. Due to its large collection and grandeur, the highlights for this auction will be shown across multiple venues of Christie’s including Paris, Hong Kong, and New York. Moreover, it will also coincide with the Paris Biennale and New York’s Asia Week.

“Art, clients and expertise are the three pillars on which Christie’s is built. The art is at the center of everything we do here. We believe that the access to beautiful and special objects is an important part of people’s personal and cultural life. Founded in 18th century London, today we are a global art business,” says Christie’s. “We have salerooms located in major cultural cities around the world and a digital platform that invites an expanding network of people to participate in what we do — and to enjoy the art.”


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