Rosy record for Gaudí with USD1.38m sale of screen

15th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2007, Madrid - A two-part folding screen crafted in oak and rose-tinted glass by the Modernist Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí, was purchased on Tuesday at Christie's New York by an anonymous bidder for $1,385,000 (approximately €970,567).

15 November 2007

Madrid - A two-part folding screen crafted in oak and rose-tinted glass by the Modernist Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí, was purchased on Tuesday at Christie's New York by an anonymous bidder for $1,385,000 (approximately €970,567).

Although the auction house had hoped to see the folding screen sell for between $1.5 and $2 million, it is still the highest price that any artwork by the designer of the Sagrada Familia has ever reached under the hammer.

Created in 1909 for Barcelona's Casa Milá - otherwise known as La Pedrera - the screen had previously belonged to the private collection of the gallery owner, Allan Stone.

Gaudí's buildings and furniture have been traditionally categorized as Art Nouveau, a precursor to modern architecture. But his adoption of biomorphic shapes rather than orthogonal lines put him in a category of his own. The wavy façade of Casa Milá is reminiscent of an undulating beach of fine sand while  the snake-like ups-and-downs that run through the whole building are rather like honeycomb.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

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