Dubuffet Market Builds Momentum in March

The Dubuffet market continues to gather momentum with two works announced for London’s March sales in Melanie Gerlis’s Financial Times column, including this work at Christie’s estimated at £7-10m:

On March 8 Sotheby’s offers a prime early work, “L’homme au papillon” (1954, estimate £3m-£5m), which was shown at a Tate exhibition in 1966, after it had been bought by the extraordinary, understated, British collector, E J (Ted) Power. Power bought the painting when he first met Dubuffet in 1958 (and went on to own dozens of his works among a fine collection of postwar art).

“Everything Dubuffet is being looked at afresh,” says Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art, Europe. “He was a prolific artist and people are discovering new pockets of interesting work,” he adds.

Meanwhile Christie’s has an in-demand, “Paris Circus”-series work for its auction the previous evening. “Etre et Paraitre” (1963) will be offered for £7m-£10m.