Christies auction house in New York sold a work by Vincent van Gogh and one by Piet Mondriaan.
Le pont de Trinquetaille van Van Gogh raised 30.9 million euros, well above the estimated revenue of between 21 million and 29 million euros. Van Gogh painted it in Arles in France in June 1888, and was brought under the hammer at Christies by a private collector.
Piet Mondrian Composition No. II, with Yellow, Red and Blue from 1927 went for 21.6 million euros. The auction house expected around 20 million. This work was in the hands of a bank in Switzerland.
Also a painting by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was auctioned on Thursday night in New York for an amount of about 85 million euros.
The bidding took almost twenty minutes. The work was expected to generate some 46 million euros; commissions and other costs totalled 103.4 million dollars.
This is the painting entitled Femme assise près dune fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse) (Woman sitting by a window (Marie-Thérèse)). Picasso painted the canvas with his then muse Marie-Thérèse Walter in 1932, and just like on Le Rêve (De Droom), another canvas on which Walter is depicted, Picasso painted her in mostly light and bright colours.