Brancusi’s “Prometheus” fetches USD 12.6m at New York auction

“Prometheus” (Prométhée), a head cast in bronze by Constantin Brancusi in 1911, sold yesterday evening for 12,682,000 USD New York, in an auction of impressionist and modern art organized by Sotheby’s, Mediafax reports. Brancusi’s sculpture, a 17.7 cm leaning head to one side cast in four similar bronzes in 1911, comes from an “important private collection in Europe”, according to the Sotheby’s catalogue. The auction started out at USD 4.75 M and within minutes jumped in excess of USD 10 M to reach the final sale price of 11.25 M, way over organizers’ original estimate of USD 6 to 8 M. The New York auction also set an all-time high sales record, with Munch’s “The Scream” fetching USD 119.9 M. Brancusi’s less-valued “The Distaff” (Quenouille 1923), a wood sculpture – went on the auction.

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