The autumn auctions season has already begun at Christie's. The moment is important and the expectation is great, with several records that can be overcome and many rarities to be discovered. Accept three sales tips you have to watch out for.
1. The painting by David Hockney
One of the most beloved and well-known works by the English artist David Hockney, 81, "Portrait of an Artist - Pool with Two Figures", can be sold for 80 million dollars in next November 15, in New York. If it happens, it will beat the record of selling the most expensive painting ever from an artist still alive, that currently belongs to "Dog Balloon" by Jeff Koons, sold for 58 million dollars. The painting, which was started in 1971 and which was dedicated 18 hours a day for two weeks - a juxtaposition of two photographs on the floor of the artist's studio - is, according to the auctioneer Christie's, "one of the greatest masterpieces of the modern era" and "the best available painting of a living artist." Before the auction, the portrait will be shown in Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles.
The letter of Albert Einstein
2. The letter of Albert Einstein
The letter of Albert Einstein (1879-1955) in which the physicist and author of General Relativity Theory states that "God is nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses" and that "the Bible is a collection of venerable legends but quite primitive”, will be auctioned in New York on December 4. The letter can reach a value of more than one million euros. The text was written by the German physicist and Nobel laureate in 1954, a year before his death, and was the reaction to the book "Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt", by the philosopher Eric Gutkind. Einstein is considered the hinge personality of the twentieth century.
The first canvas created by an algorithm
3. The first canvas created by an algorithm
It is not Rembrandt, but it may resemble the Dutch painter. It is not a painted work, it's printed and its virtue lies in being the first work of history created by an algorithm, that is, by artificial intelligence. "We are artists with a different kind of brush. Our brush is an algorithm developed on a computer," said Hugo Caselles-Dupré, a computer engineer who together with two childhood friends, Gauthier Vernier and Pierre Fautrel, all French and 25 created a neural network with 15,000 paintings. This special canvas will be auctioned on October 23 in New York, and can be worth between seven thousand and ten thousand dollars.