The Germaine Richier piece La Tauromachie (Bullfighting) from the collection of the singer Charles Aznavour (who died in 2018) comes up at Christie’s in Paris on June 4.
This emblematic work, conceived by the artist in 1953, is from an edition of 11.
Other versions of her work are in prestigious collections like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and the Musée Royal d’Art Moderne in Brussels.
The bronze sculpture with gold patina was acquired by Aznavour from his friend the singer Fred Mella.
The piece, estimated at €1.5m-€2.5m, holds the world auction record of €3,086,400 for a work by the French sculptor. It is one of two works of art from the Aznavour collection in the sale. The other is a sculpture by César (1921-1998) titled Plaque Tesconi, estimated at €60,000-€80,000.