Christie’s

Following Monday’s strong showing for Cuban artists’ works in Sotheby’s Latin American auction, Cuban art continued to do well in Christie’s Latin American sale Tuesday. Tomás Sanchez led the field with two works that sold over half a million: Llegada del caminante a la laguna (1999) went for $602,500 USD, while his Buscador de paisajes (2005) reached $626,500 USD. (Hammer prices include buyer’s premium.)

Llegada del caminante a la laguna (1999)
Courtesy Christie’s

Three mid-20th-century paintings also performed well: A 1944 Untitled canvas (Lot #17) by Wifredo Lam fetched $482,500. Mario Carreño’s 1959 Untitled (Lot #25) sold for $104,500, well over its estimate. And Cinco saltimbanquis despúes de la función (1956) by Cundo Bermúdez went for $158,500, more than double its estimate.

Other Cuban artists also made a strong showing in Sotheby’s sales on Tuesday. Flavio Garciandía’s Yo insulté a Brice Marden en la Habana (dos veces) (2008) sold for $43,750 USD, more than double its estimate. The-Merger(2011), a collaborative work by Mario Miguel González, Niels Moleiro Luis, and Alain Pino, also doubled its estimate, going for $46,875 USD.