Sotheby’s to host auction for works worth $500 million

Modigliani’s “Paulette Jourdain” (left) and Picasso’s “Femme assise sur une chaise.”

Get ready, modern art fans: an enormous collection of extremely valuable works from the late real estate billionaire and art collector A. Alfred Taubman are about to hit the auction block at Sotheby’s in a collection that the Post estimates to be worth $500 million.

Yowza. Among the 500 works going up on the block are Amedeo Modigliani’s “Paulette Jourdain” (no price is listed), Pablo Picasso’s “Femme assise sur une chaise” (estimated to fetch between $25 million — $35 million), and the pastel by Edgar Degas, “Danseuses en blanc” (estimated to fetch $18 million — $25 million). There are also works by Jean Arp, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Willem DeKooning, Henri Matisse, Kandinsky, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and pretty much every other Modernist. 

Degas’ “Danseuses en blanc”

If you can’t afford to make a purchase at the sale, which is happening on November 4, don’t fret: you can view the works for a limited time at Sotheby’s location on York Avenue from October 24-27th.

Here is a video from Sotheby’s about Modigliani’s Paulette Jourdain piece