Five Great Auctions to Watch in March

See what's happening this month, from Los Angeles to Beirut.

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF53-101) (1953–1954). Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions.
Sam Francis, Untitled (SF53-101) (1953–1954). Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions.

From Los Angeles to Beirut, a wide range of work by blue-chip masters such as Gustav Klimt and Mark Rothko head to auctions this month.

In anticipation of the March sales, with the help of the artnet Price Database, artnet News compiled a list of five of the most important events taking place across the globe this month.

March 1, 2017

Gustav Klimt, <i>Bauerngarten</i> (1907). Courtesy Sotheby’s.

Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten (1907). Courtesy Sotheby’s.

1. Sotheby’s London, Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
With the highest total estimates for the month of March, this auction offers masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. Keep a lookout for Gustav Klimt’s Bauergarten (Blumengarten) and Amedeo Modigliani’s Portrait de Baranowski.

March 5, 2017

Sam Francis, <i>Untitled (SF53-101)</i> (1953–1954). Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions.

Sam Francis, Untitled (SF53-101) (1953–1954). Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions.

2. Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), Modern Art & Design Auction
Bright, colorful works from California-based artists such as Sam Francis and Charles Arnoldi are included among other highlights, such as Ed Ruscha’s Zip Rooster.

March 7, 2017

Mark Rothko, <i>No. 1 (1949)</i> (1949). Courtesy Christie's

Mark Rothko, No. 1 (1949). Courtesy Christie’s

3. Christie’s London, Post War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction
This sale will present Peter Doig’s Coburg 3+1 More (1994), one of the artist’s iconic early works. Acquired by German insurance company, this piece comes to auction for the first time in its history.

March 8, 2017

Miquel Barcelo <i>Muletero</i>, (1990). Courtesy Phillips.

Miquel Barcelo Muletero, (1990). Courtesy Phillips.

4. Phillips London 20th Century & Contemporary Evening Sale
Every artist presented in this 30-lot auction has star status in the modern and contemporary art world. Standout lots include Michelangelo Pistoletto’s dramatic print Particolare della deposizione and Yayoi Kusama’s mesmerizing Infinity Nets (BSGK).

March 11, 2017

Hiba Kalache, <i>Ameelou Ilayke II </i> (2013). Courtesy Artscoops, Beirut, Lebanon.

Hiba Kalache, Ameelou Ilayke II (2013). Courtesy Artscoops, Beirut, Lebanon.


5. Artscoops, The Middle East Modern and Contemporary Auction

This online art marketplace allows Middle Eastern artists the opportunity to promote themselves to a global audience. This particular sale highlights the works of Lebanese artist Paul Guiragossian and the late Iraqi painter Ismail Fatah al-Turk, who has been described as “one of the vanguards of the modern art renaissance.”

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