César’s ‘Fanny Fanny’ among the big-ticket items to feature at Monaco Auction Week

Anticipation is already rising ahead of Artcurial’s grand Monaco Auction Week at the Hôtel Hermitage in early July, and some of the most exciting offerings at this year’s event are to be found in the Monaco Sculptures listings. Here is a teaser of what to expect.  

Along with an exclusive selection of collectible watches, stunning jewellery, luxury handbags and unique pieces of sporting memorabilia, some of the major highlights of Artcurial’s 2024 Monaco Auction Week are the lots that feature in sculptural section of the catalogue. 

Standouts include César Baldaccini’s ‘Fanny Fanny’ from 1990 (pictured). The welded bronze statue of a bird on roller skates, which stands at close to 2.5 metres tall, comes to the event from the Patrick Trigan Collection. It is estimated to be worth between €400,000 and €600,000. 

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The Trigan Collection also will be selling another César: ‘Le Sein’. This 1966 piece was modelled after the breast of Crazy Horse dancer Victoria von Krupp. The colossal five-metre rendition, crafted from stainless steel, once resided in the Poissy factory of famed perfumer Hélène Rochas. This incredible creation is likely to go for between €180,000 and €280,000.  

Sculptures signed by renowned artists such as Arman, Philippe Hiquily, Allen Jones, Berto Lardera and Salvador Dalí will also be presented alongside three works by Victor Vasarely, which hail from the Château de Vascœuil Collection.  

In addition, works from Americans David Smith and George Rickey will be going on the block, as will a beautiful Jean-Michel Othoniel piece, which has an estimated price of €100,000 to €200,000.   

The Monaco Sculptures portion of Monaco Auction Week will be held at the Hôtel Hermitage at 6pm on 10th July. Public viewings of the sculptures, as well as all other lots due to go under the gavel, will be possible at the hotel between 12pm and 7pm on 6th and 7th July.  

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