WSJ.com: “Christie’s won this round over Sotheby’s by selling $135.5 million worth of art, just over the low end of its pre-sale estimate. But even its top lot disappointed: Claude Monet’s ‘Dans la prairie,’ a sun-drenched portrait of the artist’s wife, Camille, lounging in wildflowers, sold to a private bidder, for $16.1 million, well under its $21.4 million estimate.
Christie’s contemporary sale on Wednesday was a struggle for the company. Its $12.1 million total was a fraction of the $143 million it brought at the same evening sale a year ago. ‘We live in a different world now,’ says Pilar Ordovas, who heads Christie’s contemporary art department in London.”