PARIS (International Press Service)–A major three-day auction sale by Franois Tajan–who is among the most famous of Paris auctioneers–began in Paris on October 5-7. On sale will be part of the massive private collection of New York art dealer Julien Levy–in whose gallery Arshile Gorky had a number of shows in the 1940s.
Among the more than 800 paintings and drawings to be placed on the block are four paintings and eleven drawings by Gorky–a few of which are barely known to the public.
The scores of artists whose works are in the sale are: Hans Arp–Dali–Toulouse-Lautrec–Marcel Duchamp–Max Ernest–Fini–Lichtenstein–Magritte–Man Ray–Matta–Naguchi–and Tanguy.
The highest estimated price for any single item in the sale is a painting by Gorky titled Pirate 1 of 1942–with a suggested price of 1,300,000-1,600,000 euros (close to two million dollars). Pirate II of 1943 is estimated at 1,100,000-1,300,000 euros.
Articles in the French press on this major sale have featured Gorky’s paintings–emphasizing the rarity of his works on the art market.
Marcel Fliess and his son David organized the sale and prepared the massive 515 page large format catalogue–"Hommage Julien Levy." A couple of years ago–Fliess also had an exhibit and sale in his own Galerie in Paris of Gorky’s works from the collection of famous surrealist and a friend of Gorky–Andr Breton.
The auction will take place at the Espace Tajan–37 rue des Mathurins–75008 Paris. Information is available by phone (33) 1 53 30 30 30–fax (33) 1 53 30 30 31–or at www.tajan.com.